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Coppens, Evelian and Van Audenhove, Chantal and Iddi, Samuel and Arensman, Ella and Gottlebe, Katrin and Koburger, Nicole and Coffey, Claire and Gusmão, Ricardo and Quintao, Sonia and Costa, Susana and Szekely, Andras and Hegerl, Ulrich (2014) Effectiveness of community facilitator training in improving knowledge, attitudes, and confidence in relation to depression and suicidal behaviour. Journal of Affective Disorders, 165, pp. 142-150. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.04.052.

Background: Community facilitators (CFs), such as teachers, nurse sand social workers, are well placed as gatekeepers for depression and suicidal behavior, but not properly prepared to provide preventive and supportive services. The current study aimed: (1) to improve CFs’ attitudes toward depression, knowledge on suicide, and confidence to detect suicidal behaviour in four European countries and (2) to identify specific training needs across regions and CF groups.

Conclusions: Gatekeeper trainings in community settings are successful in improving knowledge, reshaping attitudes, and boosting the confidence of gatekeepers. The most effective strategy to achieve the preferred objectives is to target those CF groups that are most in need of training and to tailor the content of the training program to the individual needs of the target group.


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