2022 Student Research Conference:
35th Annual Student Research Conference

Promotion of Online Suicide Prevention Training to Enhance Campus Mental Health
Kirstyn E. Dietle* and Edelheide N. Isemann
Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentor

Student mental health is a concern on many college campuses. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for access to mental health education in a virtual format, such as online suicide prevention training, among Missouri colleges and universities. Using the Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors (MACHB) data for the period of 2017-2021, a trend analysis was conducted to evaluate mental health status and the relevance of online suicide prevention training. In 2021, Truman students reported important differences in concern for others having suicidal thoughts compared to state data (51% vs. 44%) and willingness to complete an online suicide prevention training (61% vs. 52%) compared to their peers at other institutions. Prior to COVID-19, Truman preferred using in-person Question. Persuade. Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training rather than Ask Listen Refer. MACHB data indicate Truman has the potential to successfully promote and implement ALR in place of QPR.

Keywords: mental health, suicide, prevention, college

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Session: 1-4
Location: SUB Activities Room
Time: 3:00

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