Online Program

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Intended Use of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline among a Sample of LGBT University Students

Monday, November 2, 2015

Amy S. Hedman, PhD, MCHES, Department of Health Science, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN
Among college students, 6.6% reported serious thoughts of suicide, 2.2% suicide plans, and 1.1% attempted suicide in the past year with LGBT youth reporting more suicide ideation and attempts.  Crisis hotlines are “services [that] play an important role in providing timely care to patients with high suicide risk”.  When studying adolescents’ attitudes and use of crisis service hotlines, Gould et al. found very low utilization (2.1%); those most needing having the strongest objections to calling a hotline. No research exists regarding LGBT students’ knowledge, and utilization, of Suicide Prevention Lifeline (SPL); this study will shed light into this topic.

Research questions: Among a sample of LGBT college students: 1) To what extent are suicidal thoughts and attempts reported; 2) What is knowledge of the SPL; 3) For what circumstances would participants use the SPL; and 4) For what circumstances is the SPL perceived most helpful? Methods: Permission to collect data was given by the university's Institutional Review Board.  Email invitations to complete the online survey were sent to a random sample of 1236. Participants were asked to complete the “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Intended Use of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Survey”.  Data will be collected in February 2015. Results: Forthcoming. Conclusions: Forthcoming. Implications: Understanding the knowledge of, and likelihood to use, the SPL among LGBT students will inform health education specialists and other professionals in developing effective communication strategies to promote the SPL and persuade at-risk individuals to utilize this prevention resource.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the extent to which suicidal thoughts and attempts are reported among the sampled LGBT participants; Identify the three most common circumstances for which LGBT university students report they would use the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Identify the three most common circumstances for which LGBT university students report the Suicide Prevention Lifeline would be most helpful.

Keyword(s): Suicide, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have experience with completing past research project related to suicide prevention and have published my work in peer-reviewed scholarly journals including Death studies and Pastoral Psychology and have presented my work at American Association of Suicidology, APHA< and SOPHE conferences.
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.