During its tenure, Project Safety Net (PSN) provided funding to 7 agencies that
provide suicide prevention training to community gatekeepers, as one of many
suicide prevention strategies and efforts. Most recently, funded agencies
delivered 25 training to nearly 350 gatekeepers in 6 Colorado communities.
Our team analyzed pretest, post-test, and follow-up data collected by agencies
on a yearly basis to assess changes among trainees on outcomes like the
intention to ask a potentially suicidal person whether they were thinking about
suicide, the number of interventions and referrals performed by trainees, and
use of training skills after the program.
Gatekeeper trainees demonstrated improvement from pretest to post-test on their
intentions to inquire about suicidal feelings. Additionally, on 3- and 6-month
follow-up surveys trainees reported an increase in the number of referrals and
direct interventions they performed among potentially suicidal individuals.
Gatekeepers also reported that they consistently use the skills they learned
during the trainings.
While the project was running, several videos were created to bolster gatekeeper
confidence over time.
To view these videos, visit the “videos” link on the left.