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Evaluation of a Suicide Prevention Program for the Energy Sector

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Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Brisbane 4122, Australia
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MATES in Construction, Astor Terrace, Spring Hill 4004, QLD, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6418; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176418
Received: 16 July 2020 / Revised: 23 August 2020 / Accepted: 2 September 2020 / Published: 3 September 2020
There is evidence indicating that traditionally male-dominated occupations are associated with greater risk of suicide. In Australia, MATES in Construction was developed as an occupational health initiative to prevent suicides in the industry. The program has recently been applied to the energy industry; however, little is known regarding exposure to suicide and suicide prevention interventions in this sector. The study aimed to examine the effectiveness of MATES in Energy general awareness training (GAT), and estimate the prevalence of recent suicidal ideation and exposure to suicidal behaviors in workers. A before and after design was used to examine the effectiveness of GAT training. Data were collected from 4887 participants undertaking GAT training at energy sites across Queensland, Australia. In total, 2% (97) of participants reported recent suicidal thoughts, 65% of participants reported they had known someone who had attempted suicide, and 69% had known someone who died by suicide. Significant improvements were found on all suicide literacy items after GAT training. Younger people were more likely to be positively affected by the intervention. The results indicate that the MATES in Energy program is successfully transitioning from the construction industry, and offers the first empirically supported suicide intervention tailored to the energy sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicide prevention; training; evaluation; energy sector suicide prevention; training; evaluation; energy sector
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Ross, V.; Caton, N.; Mathieu, S.; Gullestrup, J.; Kõlves, K. Evaluation of a Suicide Prevention Program for the Energy Sector. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6418.

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