Mid Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition Training Data: Preliminary Analysis Results and Future Directions

Maddie Dirren, Western Oregon University

This presentation was delivered on May 28, 2020 at Western Oregon University Academic Excellence Showcase (Monmouth, OR).

Abstract

The Mid Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition (MVSPC) aims to increase awareness, knowledge, and effectiveness of suicide prevention through educational, evidence-based trainings in Polk and Marion Counties. The free two hour Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training aims to increase knowledge of suicide myths, facts, and warning signs. This research examines data from surveys given to nearly 2,000 trainees before and after QPR training sessions from 2016 to 2020. Preliminary results show that trainees report higher levels of understanding of suicide prevention components, increased comfort in asking directly about suicide, and high levels of confidence in suicide interventions. Future directions include tailoring more confidential data collection methods towards middle school students, creation and implementation of a QPR trainer reporting form, and restructuring the current QPR survey. These improvements will allow for more effective data monitoring and evaluation.

 

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