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Impact and Acceptability of Delivering Skills-based Training on Risk Management (STORM) in Australian Secondary Schools

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Objectives: The purpose of this project was to examine the impact of delivering an evidence-based gatekeeper training package for suicide prevention (STORM®) in an Australian setting. Methods: The STORM® training was delivered to 84 staff members from 29 schools in Victoria, Australia. Participants were assessed immediately before and after the training using specifically designed surveys and filmed role-plays and completed an online follow-up questionnaire 8 weeks later. Results: Participants demonstrated increased knowledge, confidence, and skills following the training. They found the training enjoyable and used the skills and knowledge gained in their day-to-day practice. Conclusions: This study adds to the evidence supporting the impact of gatekeeper training. Future research should test the program using a randomized design and explore ways of assessing student-related outcomes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: 01 May 2016

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