261078 Faith & Suicide: Development and Evaluation of Web-based Resources to Support Faith Leader Intervention Implementation

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Richard Goldsworthy, MSEd, PhD , Academic Edge, Inc., Bloomington, IN
Joseph O'Neil, MD, MPH , Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
David Litts, OD , Education Development Center, Inc, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Waltham, MA
Peter Honebein, PhD , Academic Edge, Inc., Bloomington, IN
Lori Lovett, MS , Indiana Violence Prevention Partnership, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Background. In 2009, 37,000 people died by suicide, nearly 30 times that number attempted suicide, and 8.4 million had serious suicidal ideation. Faith leaders are well-situated to proactively address suicide prevention and reactively help those at-risk. In fact, 6 of 100 faith members may have serious thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of evidence-based resources to help faith leaders effectively integrate suicide prevention into their organizations. We sought to close this gap. Methodology. Guided by established behavioral change and educational theories, nationally distributed interviews followed by quantitative surveys investigated perceived roles, engagement in prevention, and factors related to engagement (e.g. beliefs, resources, barriers). These data were used alongside extensive subject-matter-expert input to drive iterative development of training and support resources for faith leaders. The resources were then evaluated through single-subject usability sessions and a field trial among a diverse sample of faith leaders. Results. Web-based resourcesóincluding a media-rich, case-integrated introductory course that covers Faith Leader Roles; Suicide Warning Signs, Triggering Events, and Risk Factors; and Assessing Riskówere developed and evaluated. Participants demonstrated positive stage-of-adoption movement; growth in knowledge, perceived readiness and self-efficacy; and indicated the course was useful, usable, and worth recommending to colleagues. Conclusions. Faith leaders play an important role in suicide prevention and support resources are needed. The presentation describes the development and evaluation of the freely available suicideandfaith.org pilot materials discusses lessons learned, challenges, and next steps, and invites participants to be involved in future efforts. Funded in part by NIMH/NIH#R41MH077401

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
List multiple roles for faith leader's in addressing suicide within their faith organizations Assess the significance and reasonableness of the theory and data underlying a research project to create resources for faith leaders Describe the development process and formative and summative evaluation results for a pilot web-based course and digital videos Become aware of, be able to access, and be able to adapt the freely available resources for use in their own faith organization Describe the project's next steps, provide input, and become involved.

Keywords: Suicide, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as principal investigator on the NIMH-funded effort, have 15+ years experience in health behavior, behavioral change and professional development, and the associated team includes widely respected expects in mental health and substance use and abuse.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.