Gatekeeper training in community-driven suicide prevention

Ethics approval number: S181250

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of online gatekeeper training in improving gatekeeper preparedness, knowledge, efficacy and reluctance in regards to identifying and responding to suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

To achieve this goal, we need our community to participate in the project.

Participant eligibility

  • 18 years or over in age
  • a resident of the Sunshine Coast
  • proficient in spoken and written English

Contact the Alliance if you are unsure if you are eligible to participate.

What the project involves

When you participate in our free LivingWorks Start online suicide prevention gatekeeper training program, you will be asked to complete a survey before and after your training session which will add no more than 15 minutes to your total training time and should not affect your training experience.

Before the training begins, you will be asked to complete a brief survey, including basic demographic questions, and questions about your pre-training preparedness, knowledge, efficacy, and reluctance in regards to identifying and responding to suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

At the conclusion of the training program, you will be invited to complete the post-training evaluation survey, which will assess any changes the training may have had in your knowledge and preparedness towards being a suicide prevention gatekeeper.
At 6-months following your training you will be emailed a follow-up survey to assess any changes in outcomes over time.
Once all of your responses have been collected, they will be deidentified to protect your identity. None of the information collected as part of this study will be used to assess your individual performance.

The training program is provided with the understanding you are participating in the research, therefore your consent to participate (or not) applies to the research and training program as one. You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or consequence and withdrawal will apply for both the research and training program as one. If you have a negative experience with the content of the survey or training, please contact your doctor or a mental health professional or phone a mental health helpline.

Project results

Participants will not be able to request information about individual data but are welcome to request a summary of the collective research findings on completion of the study by contacting the research team. Latest news and collective results will be disseminated through the Alliance News.

Privacy and confidentiality

All data collected as a part of this project will be de-identifiable once responses have been matched and stored securely as per USC’s Research Data Management policy. Participants will not be named in any reports or publications resulting from the research project, and no document containing your name will leave the research site. The information given will be held in a secure location for 7 years after publications, after which time any identifying information will be destroyed.

Informed consent

For more information refer to the Research Project Information Sheet*

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download Page.