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Suicide Prevention Experiences, Knowledge, and Training among School-based Counselors and Nurses in King County, Washington – 2016

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Objective: Few studies have assessed the suicide-specific perceptions and awareness of school- based nurses and counselors. This project assessed the self-reported training, beliefs, and pro- fessional experiences of school counselors and nurses towards suicide prevention, and identi- fied areas for enhancing efforts to respond to student suicidality. Methods: A self-report needs assessment survey was conducted with school-based nurses and counselors in King County, Washington. Group comparisons and descriptive statistics were calculated to characterize pro- viders' perceptions and experiences. Results:Most training experiences reported by counselors and nurses corresponded with greater perceptions of comfort in applying suicide prevention knowledge and skills. Fewer respondents endorsed means safety and safety planning as regu- larly implemented interventions for at-risk students compared to other interventions. Conclu- sion: Means safety and safety planning appeared to be areas for enhancing existing suicide pre- vention efforts.
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Keywords: MEANS SAFETY; NEEDS ASSESSMENT; SCHOOL COUNSELORS; SCHOOL HEALTH; SCHOOL NURSES; SUICIDE PREVENTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2019

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