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Control-Group Study of an Intervention Training Program for Youth Suicide Prevention


  • This study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research under the Community Alliances for Health Research Program. We would like to thank Suicide-Action Montreal, Dr. Patricia Garel, Head of the Child Psychiatry Department of CHU Sainte-Justine, CHU mèreenfant, and Dr. Brian Mishara, Director of the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia for their valuable help.

CRISE, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada; E-mail:


Few studies have examined whether training can improve competency in intervening with suicidal youths. In this study we attempted to verify the effectiveness of such a training program on helper competency. Forty-three helpers who received the training were compared with 28 helpers who did not. Participants who received the training improved in knowledge, attitudes, and intervention skills following the training, compared with the control group across measures. Their gains were maintained at 6-month follow-up. In this sample, implementation of a one-time training program improved helpers' competencies in youth suicide intervention.