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Evaluation of A Suicide Prevention Program in Switzerland: Protocol of A Cluster Non-Randomized Controlled Trial

Division of Prison Health, Geneva University Hospitals & University of Geneva, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Bern 3012, Switzerland
Association Stop Suicide, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
Swiss Center of Expertise in Social Sciences (FORS) & Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research “LIVES–overcoming vulnerability: life course perspectives”, University of Lausanne, Lausanne 1015, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(11), 2049;
Received: 10 May 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 7 June 2019 / Published: 10 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention)
Suicide is a major public health concern, which disproportionally affects young people. Therefore, effective prevention strategies are needed, but there is a dearth of controlled trials on this topic. Our study will evaluate the effectiveness of a suicide prevention program in Switzerland, where data are scarce. It will test whether the prevention program (1) increases knowledge of suicide and awareness of suicidal risks, (2) provides resources to seek/offer help, (3) increases communication skills related to suicide, (4) increases coping skills, (5) is acceptable, and (6) reduces suicidal ideation and psychological distress. The project will be a single-center cluster non-randomized controlled trial designed to compare an intervention group benefitting from the suicide prevention program with a control group. The potential benefits include a better understanding and evaluation of suicide prevention programs, which may lead to improved primary and secondary prevention practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: evaluation; primary prevention; suicide evaluation; primary prevention; suicide
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Baggio, S.; Kanani, A.; Nsingi, N.; Sapin, M.; Thélin, R. Evaluation of A Suicide Prevention Program in Switzerland: Protocol of A Cluster Non-Randomized Controlled Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2049.

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