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Enhancing the Role of Peer Specialists in Suicide Prevention

2020 Distinguished Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $125,000
Focus Area: Clinical Treatment Studies

Barbara Stanley, Ph.D.

Barbara Stanley, Ph.D.
Columbia University

Inside the Research

The Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) is an evidence-based intervention shown to prevent suicidal crises. Typically, clinicians and individuals work together to develop a safety-plan. This is a first step towards incorporating peer-specialists in suicide prevention interventions. Specialized training will be provided to peer-specialists, and researchers will assess their comfort and/or distress in delivering SPI and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of peer-led SPI.