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Arch Suicide Res. 2011;15(3):259-64. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2011.589727.

Training mental healthcare providers to reduce at-risk patients' access to lethal means of suicide: evaluation of the CALM Project.

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Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, USA. rjohnson@bu.edu

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the "CALM" (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) training, in which community-based mental health care providers were trained to work with at-risk clients and their families to assess and reduce access to lethal means of suicide, including firearms. In 2006, CALM trainers conducted workshops in 7 community-based mental health care centers in New Hampshire towns. Participants completed a post-test immediately after the workshop and a follow-up questionnaire approximately 6 weeks later. At follow-up, 65% reported that they had counseled clients' parents about access to lethal means (n = 111). Findings also indicate that the workshop influenced participants' attitudes, beliefs, and skills regarding conducting lethal means counseling.

PMID:
21827315
DOI:
10.1080/13811118.2011.589727
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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