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Community Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Resilience Needs and Strengths Assessment

The following questions are designed to help the "Unstoppable Dental Heroes" develop a comprehensive and sustained suicide prevention, mental health promotion and well-being program for the dental industry.

Confidentiality: Responses will be kept private and confidential to the extent permitted by law. In any sort of report we might publish with Unstoppable Heroes, we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify a survey participant. All survey responses are anonymous and not linked to any individual respondent and stored securely only on password protected computers of the project team leaders. 

Possible risks to participants: The risks of participating in this survey are minimal. This survey includes questions about distressing professional or personal experiences with behavioral health and/or suicide, and some people may experience anxiety or become emotionally upset while answering these questions.

If at any time you would like to speak with someone confidentially regarding distress you might be experiencing or if you have concerns about others, you can contact: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or text “HELLO” to 741741 (Crisis Text Line).

Possible benefits to participants: Although there are no direct benefits anticipated from your participation in this survey, your contribution may help the effectiveness of the future efforts of the Unstoppable Dental Heroes to develop a suicide prevention, mental health promotion and well-being program. You may feel positively about this contribution.

Compensation: There is no compensation for this survey.

If you have questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, at 720-244-6535 or SallySpencerThomas@gmail.com

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* 1. I have read and understand the survey description, and I consent to take this survey:

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* 3. What is the top sources of distress for people in the dentistry workforce?

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* 4. I would rate my current level of distress as:

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* 5. Over the past six months...

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* 6. I have (check all that apply):

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* 7. Work-related distress impacted my well-being in the following way (check all that apply):

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* 8. Help-Giving

In the last 12 months I have:

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* 9. Help-Seeking

Have you ever...

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* 10. Perceptions of the dental industry culture

  Strongly disagree. Disagree. Neither agree nor disagree. Agree. Strongly agree.
Leaders in our industry support our emotional health.
Our industry is resilient.
The resources offered to the dental industry to support the well-being of our community are accessible and effective.
We have a caring culture.
Stigma (bias and discrimination) regarding mental health, addiction/substance use disorders and suicide is problematic in the dental industry.

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* 11. KNOWLEDGE OF AND ATTITUDES ABOUT RESOURCES

How familiar are you with the following resources?

  Not at all familiar Slightly familiar Somewhat familiar Moderately familiar Extremely familiar
Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Military/Veterans Crisis Line
12-Step Programs
Mental Health Resources in My Community
Tele-Mental Health Resources
Addiction Recovery Treatment
Dental Industry Specific Mental Health Resources

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* 12. HELP-GIVING SKILL PERCEPTION

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither disagree or agree Agree Strongly agree
I would be willing to reach out if I noticed a patient fighting substance use problems/mental health challenges or suicidal thoughts.
I feel confident and competent about my ability to engage people in support resources when they are overwhelmed.
I feel confident and competent about my ability to start a conversation about suicide.
I feel confident and competent about my ability to effectively listen to someone’s emotional pain.
I would be willing to reach out if I noticed a coworker fighting substance use problems/mental health challenges or suicidal thoughts.

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* 13. TELL US ABOUT YOU

How do you identify?

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* 14. How do you identify?

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* 15. What is your age?

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* 16. How long have you been in the dental industry?

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* 17. How do you identify your role?

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* 18. What are the biggest barriers and opportunities you see in developing a dental industry suicide prevention program?

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* 19. Please explain your response to any question above that needs elaboration.

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* 20. Anything else you'd like to know about? Any specific concerns about the dental industry mental health? Any opportunities for improvement?

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