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dc.contributor.authorNasir, B
dc.contributor.authorToombs, M
dc.contributor.authorKondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S
dc.contributor.authorKisely, S
dc.contributor.authorHides, L
dc.contributor.authorGil, N
dc.contributor.authorHayman, N
dc.contributor.authorRanmuthugala, G
dc.contributor.authorBrennan-Olsen, S
dc.contributor.authorNicholson, GC
dc.description.abstractBackground: To determine the acceptance and effectiveness of a community-led Indigenous suicide-intervention training program, it is essential to identify which people or organizations are being used to seek support or help for an Indigenous person at-risk of suicide. Objectives: To identify existing social networks among volunteer suicide intervention trainees. Methods: We conducted social network surveys to identify existing networks between trainees and at-risk youth, communities and support agencies, before they commenced our suicide intervention training program. Qualitative feedback about the training program was also collected. Findings: Preliminary findings from 50 participants indicate that 44% were Aboriginal, 28% worked for government organizations, 74% had previous personal suicide experiences, 72% had provided support or help to an Indigenous person in the community who was at-risk of suicide and 48% had no previous prevention training. Most frequent contacts used were non-government agencies and mental health professionals: Both were contacted more than six times in the past 6 months by 16% of the participants. Friends (12%) or parents/guardians (12%) contacted participants for help or support more than six times in the last 6 months. Most-likely contact for future support or help were parents/guardians (44%), emergency services (40%) or doctors (40%). Feedback indicated a strong need for a tailored, community-developed approach to suicide prevention training. Conclusions: Preliminary findings indicate that our community-led program will be beneficial in developing connectedness within communities. Future research will evaluate the effectiveness of the training program after a period of time and will determine the change in connectedness and information flow within participants’ social networks.
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameRANZCP 2018
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleAustralian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
dc.relation.ispartoflocationAuckland, New Zealand
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology and Cognitive Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.titleUnderstanding Existing Community Networks: Preliminary Findings from Trainees Undertaking an Indigenous Suicide Intervention Training Program Developed in Partnership with Indigenous Communities
dc.typeConference output
dc.type.descriptionE3 - Conferences (Extract Paper)
dcterms.bibliographicCitationNasir, B; Toombs, M; Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S; Kisely, S; Hides, L; Gil, N; Hayman, N; Ranmuthugala, G; Brennan-Olsen, S; Nicholson, GC, Understanding Existing Community Networks: Preliminary Findings from Trainees Undertaking an Indigenous Suicide Intervention Training Program Developed in Partnership with Indigenous Communities, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2018, 52, pp. 96-96
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gro.griffith.authorKisely, Steve R.

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