The validation and refinement of a culturally-responsive gatekeeper training program,designed to support persons from an immigrant and refugee background.
A mixed-method design will be used to address SIFA's feasibility as a GKT program. The core GKT constructs (knowledge about suicide, attitudes to prevention, self-efficacy to intervene), will be explored quantitively, using a similar design used in previous GKT evaluations. That is, by implementing and comparing identical surveys at three separate stages, prior to training, immediately post-training, and three months following SIFA, known in this investigation, in order, as time-point zero (T0), time-point one (T1), and time-point two (T2). A repeated-measures ANOVA test will be conducted on participant scores from T0, T1, and T2 to analyse whether SIFA training has had a significant immediate impact on participants' baseline scores and ascertain the duration at which any apparent changes are maintained or begin to deteriorate. To validate and refine SIFA's pedagogical strategy, a focus group discussion will be used to obtain participants feedback in relation to which areas could be enhanced, and areas that were most beneficial. Lastly, at T2, additional open-ended survey items have been included to retrieve information concerning participants' intervention experiences following the completion of training, and which areas of SIFA were least and most helpful if interventions have taken place.