Educational or Curriculum

SEYLE – Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe.

Initiative Description: The Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE) study. Schools were assigned to: schools to one of three interventions or a control group. The interventions were: (1) Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), a gatekeeper training module targeting teachers and other school personnel, (2) the Youth Aware of Mental Health Program (YAM) targeting pupils, and (3) screening by professionals (ProfScreen). All interventions were undertaken during a 4 week period. The Youth Aware of Mental Health Program (YAM) was developed for the SEYLE study29 and is a manualized, universal intervention targeting all pupils, which includes 3 h of role-play sessions with interactive workshops combined with a 32-page booklet that pupils could take home, six educational posters displayed in each participating classroom and two 1 h interactive lectures about mental health at the beginning and end of the intervention.

Study Results: The Youth Aware of Mental Health program was associated with a significant reduction of incident suicide attempts and severe suicidal ideation.

Reference: Wasserman, D., Hoven, C. W., Wasserman, C., Wall, M., Eisenberg, R., Hadlaczky, G., … & Carli, V. (2015). School-based suicide prevention programs: the SEYLE cluster randomized, controlled trial. The Lancet, 385, 1536–1544. 6736(14)61213-7.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good