A study analysing the long-term effectiveness of suicide alertness training (also known as ‘gatekeeper training’), has shown that participant knowledge is preserved for at least 12 months after the training.

Dr Glenn Holmes (pictured) surveyed participants of our LivingWorks safeTALK workshops before, immediately after, and then 3 months and 12 months after they had completed the training.

He also found participants’ belief in their ability to support someone experiencing suicidality was improved and sustained long-term, a year after completing the training. Specifically it found participants were still confident that they would be able to identify, support, and connect an individual at risk of suicidality to appropriate assistance.

The study builds on Glenn’s previously published paper that indicated that training benefits to knowledge, preparedness, and efficacy were preserved for at least 6 months after training completion.

We are proud to offer this suicide alertness training free of charge to the community.

Dr Glenn Holmes, suicide prevention researcher

Dr Glenn Holmes, suicide prevention researcher

We thank our safeTALK participants who made possible this research into the training’s vital role in creating a suicide-safer community.

Glenn is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Black Dog Institute.

Read the full research paper here: https://doi.org/10.1177/10398562231205132