Expanding Community Capacity: Using the World Café Method to Increase Suicide Gatekeeper Self-Efficacy

Expanding Community Capacity: Using the World Café Method to Increase Suicide Gatekeeper Self-Efficacy

Interactive workshop83Michael Polacek, Mid-Valley Community Connections, Panama; Ruthy Lindvall, BSN, RN, PMH-BC, Mid-Valley Community Connections, Salem, OR, United States

Van Weelde ZaalSat 11:00 - 12:30

Suicide is a leading cause of death with a scarcity of available trained mental health service providers and services in the community. A suicide prevention gatekeeper (GK) is typically an untrained layperson who acts as a first responder to someone in crisis. Empowering the layperson to become a full partner in the constellation of community services through GK education is one proven strategy to expand the community's capacity to rescue and provide care. The aim of this workshop is to explore the benefits of a focused group discussion using the World Café method as an educational activity to increase GK perceived self-efficacy. The pilot quality improvement project was based on Bandura’s social cognitive theory. Preliminary findings of a pilot quality improvement project included a significant positive difference in pre and post evaluations measuring perceived self-efficacy in performing GK behaviors. The discussions were rich in identifying gaps/enhancers in the care system.

care and treatment
Suicide Gatekeeper Training, Suicide Prevention, Suicide Prevention Policy, The World Cafe
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