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Evidence-based Strategies: Reduce Alaskan deaths from suicide

Kognito Family of Heroes

Description: Kognito Family of Heroes is a 1-hour, online role-playing training simulation for military families of servicemembers recently returned from deployment (within the past 4 years). The training is designed to: (1) increase awareness of signs of postdeployment stress, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, and suicidal ideation, and (2) motivate family members to access mental health services when they show signs of postdeployment stress. Targeted primarily to family members (e.g., spouses and parents), who often have the most contact with veterans, the training also can be appropriate for friends, caregivers, or colleagues of veterans.

Specific Programs/Strategies: Through the training, family members learn: What to expect when a veteran returns from deployment;
what postdeployment stress is and how to identify it; how to de-escalate arguments and negotiate family responsibilities; how to talk with a veteran about seeking professional help; how to find support services appropriate for veterans and their families.

The QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention

Description: The QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a brief educational program designed to teach "gatekeepers"--those who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers)--the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond by following three steps: Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide; Persuade the person to seek and accept help; Refer the person to appropriate resources.

Specific Programs/Strategies: The 1- to 2-hour training is delivered by certified instructors in person or online, and it covers (1) the epidemiology of suicide and current statistics, as well as myths and misconceptions about suicide and suicide prevention; (2) general warning signs of suicide; and (3) the three target gatekeeper skills (i.e., question, persuade, refer).

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