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Development of mental health first aid guidelines for suicidal ideation and behaviour: a Delphi study

Kelly, Claire M, Jorm, Anthony F, Kitchener, Betty A and Langlands, Robyn L 2008, Development of mental health first aid guidelines for suicidal ideation and behaviour: a Delphi study, BMC Psychiatry, vol. 8, Article number: 17, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-8-17.

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Title Development of mental health first aid guidelines for suicidal ideation and behaviour: a Delphi study
Author(s) Kelly, Claire M
Jorm, Anthony F
Kitchener, Betty A
Langlands, Robyn L
Journal name BMC Psychiatry
Volume number 8
Season Article number: 17
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1471-244X
Summary BACKGROUND: Suicide is a statistically rare event, but devastating to those left behind and one of the worst possible outcomes associated with mental illness. Although a friend, family member or co-worker may be the first person to notice that a person is highly distressed, few have the knowledge and skills required to assist. Simple guidelines may help such a person to encourage a suicidal individual to seek professional help or decide against suicide.

METHODS: This research was conducted using the Delphi methodology, a method of reaching consensus in a panel of experts. Experts recruited to the panels included 22 professionals, 10 people who had been suicidal in the past and 6 carers of people who had been suicidal in the past. Statements about how to assist someone who is thinking about suicide were sourced through a systematic search of both professional and lay literature. The guidelines were written using the items most consistently endorsed by all three panels.

RESULTS: Of 114 statements presented to the panels, 30 were accepted. These statements were used to develop the guidelines appended to this paper.

CONCLUSION: There are a number of actions which are considered to be useful for members of the public when they encounter someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in suicidal behaviour. These guidelines will be useful in revision of curricula of mental health first aid and suicide intervention training programs. They can also be used by members of the public who want immediate information about how to assist a suicidal person.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-244X-8-17
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073746

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