Peer to Peer Programs for Military Suicide Prevention
Technical Report,30 Sep 2018,29 Sep 2019
University of Utah Salt Lake City United States
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In this study a proposed peer-to-peer P2P program, called Airmans Edge, is evaluated for its effectiveness as a suicide prevention intervention. Airmans Edge is a hybrid model that includes both group-based peer educator and individual-based peer support components these P2P program models have demonstrated the strongest outcomes with respect to changing attitudes, perspectives, and behaviors. The Airmans Edge program is comprised of several skills-based strategies that have been shown to directly reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors i.e. sleep habits, firearm safety procedures, crisis response planning, and targets population-level contextual variables known to reduce suicide risk i.e. purpose and meaning in life, social support. The mechanisms by which these strategies reduce suicidal behavior align with an empirically-supported conceptual model, the suicidal mode, which has guided recent advances in suicide prevention.
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