Our Evidence

Doing ‘something’ to help someone in distress is valuable and important, doing something with a sound evidence base can have greater benefit.  

With an academic and clinical background, we know what works well in training and to help those in distress. Our packages are based on academic research and best practice with a focus on ‘real life’ experiences. Evidence underpins the content and methods of our training packages, and our unique formula is supported by academic research. Studies have demonstrated that STORM® skills training is effective in: 

•  Developing & enhancing skills

•  Improving attitudes

•  Increasing confidence in helping someone in distress  

The research supports STORM®’s effectiveness across a range of audiences including frontline health and social care, volunteer workers, schools and higher education, and in prisons.

What we have learned through delivering the training extensively over the years is that, whilst our studies are limited to specific target groups, participants from a range of audiences have also benefited from STORM®

Robinson J, Green G, Spittal M, Templer K, Bailey E. Impact and acceptability of delivering skills-based training on risk management (STORM) in Australian secondary schools. Health Behaviour and Policy Review. 2016 3(3) 259-268. Gask G, Lever-Green G, Hays R. Dissemination and implementation of suicide prevention training in one Scottish region. BMC Health Services Research. 2008;8:246. Hayes AJ, Shaw J, Lever-Green G, Parker D & Gask L. Improvements to Suicide Prevention Training for Prison Staff in England and Wales. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2008;38(6):708-713. Gask L, Dixon C, Morriss R, Appleby L, Green G. Evaluating STORM skills training for managing people at risk of suicide. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2006;54: 739-750. Appleby L, Morriss R, Gask L, Green, G et al. An educational intervention for front-line health professionals in the assessment and management of suicidal patients (The STORM Project). Psychological Medicine. 2000;30(4):805-812. Morriss, R., Gask, L. & Battersby, L. et al Teaching frontline health and voluntary workers to assess and manage suicidal patients. Journal of Affective Disorders. 1999;52:77-83.
Gask G, Green G, Coupe N. Evaluation of a National Dissemination across Scotland: utilising STORM® training as part of a National Suicide Prevention Training Strategy. Submitted. Gask G, Green G, Coupe N. Evaluation of suicide prevention gatekeeper training: utilising STORM® in a British University setting. - in process.   
Hayes A,J & Lever-Green G. Developments in suicide prevention training for prison staff: STORM and Beyond. The Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development. 2006;1(4):23-28. Green G & Gask L. The development, research and implementation of STORM (Skills-based Training on Risk Management). Primary Care Mental Health. 2005;3(3):207-213. Morriss R, Gask L, Webb R, Dixon C, Appleby L. The effects on suicide rates of an educational intervention for front-line health professionals with suicidal patients (the STORM Project). PsycholMed. 2005;35(7):957-60. Droughton J, Gask L, Green G, Dixon C. The principles of establishing training courses in risk assessment and management. IN, Duffy D, Ryan T, eds. New Approaches to preventing suicide: A manual for practitioners London. Jessica Kingsley. 2004
Appleby L. National Service Framework: Five Years on. London: Department of Health; 2004. Ballyfermot Advance. Dublin 10 STORM Training Initiative: Evaluation Report, April 2010-December 2012. March 2013. Care Services Improvement Framework. S-Kit Suicide Prevention Local Implementation Plan. London: Department of Health; 2006. De Mello G, Fraser F, Nicoll P, Ker J, Green G, Laird C. Mental health care training for practitioners in remote and rural areas. The Clinical Teacher. 2013;10: 384-388. Griesbach D, Russell P, Dolev R, Lardner C. The use and impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in Scotland: An Evaluation. Social Research. Edinburgh: Scottish Government; 2008. Mental Health Partnerships NIMHE. Best Practice in Managing Risk: Principles and evidence for best practice in the assessment and management of risk in mental health services. London: Department of Health; 2007. Pisani, A. R., Cross, W. F., & Gould, M. S. The Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk: State of Workshop Education. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior; 2011. Public Health England. Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Training Programmes: Emerging practice examples. October 2016.  Public Health England. Guidance for Developing a local suicide prevention action plan. Information for public health staff in local authorities. September 2014. Royal College of Psychiatrists. Self-harm, suicide and risk: Helping people who self-harm. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists; 2010. Report No.: CR158 Wale SR, C; Butler, M; Finn, E; Moore, K. An educational intervention for front-line mental health professionals in both the assessment and management of suicide and self-harm (Phase 1: The STORM Project). 34th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) 2003 November 23rd Bunratty, Co Clare; 2003. Youth & Wellbeing Directory ACE-V Quality Standards  

About Us

  • Our Mission

    STORM®'s mission is to challenge the fear of asking about suicide and self harm.  Through education and training we are helping people to build…

  • Our Story

    Our Story Looking back at our history over the last 20-years, we know that nothing would have been achieved without the support and commitment…

  • Our evidence

    Our Evidence Doing ‘something’ to help someone in distress is valuable and important, doing something with a sound evidence base can have greater…

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