What’s the best way to deploy gatekeeper suicide prevention training on college campuses? Using network data to develop a computer algorithm that guides selective programming
Gatekeeper training, which involves teaching people to recognize and support someone in crisis, is a common approach used on campuses. Until now, the standard gatekeeper approach has focused on training people who are easily accessible (like resident assistants). An alternative approach (a “network-driven approach”) would be to collect information about student social networks (i.e., friends, group memberships) and then recruit people for training to increase the number of students connected to someone who is trained. Using social network data from students, we will build on-campus networks and design a computer algorithm that will guide the recruitment of trainees and thus expand the reach of gatekeeper programming.