KUSMS and Yale University is currently implementing a project "Integrating suicide prevention packages into task-shifted mental health interventions in low-resourced contexts" funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This 2-year pilot study will, alongside the Psychiatry and Emergency Departments, co-design and pilot the implementation of a suicide prevention package (SuPP) of brief evidenced based interventions. We will use mixed-methods to complete three aims:
- Explore the multilevel targets of a Suicide Prevention Package (SuPP) including health system, institutional, provider, and patient preferences for cultural adaptation and optimization;
- Create the initial implementation toolkit and training manual for SuPP for health system implementation; and
- Conduct a small open, non-randomized, pilot trial to assess the feasibility and acceptability of SuPP within Dhulikhel Hopsital.
This project will inform how task-shifted models for mental health care can successfully integrate suicide prevention practices, ultimately saving lives and improving health services. Our work will result in a suicide prevention package and adaptation process that can be utilized in diverse and under-resourced settings around the world.