TITLE

Evaluation of suicide awareness programmes delivered to veterinary undergraduates and academic staff

AUTHOR(S)
Mellanby, R. J.; Hudson, N. P. H.; Allister, R.; Bell, C. E.; Else, R. W.; Gunn-Moore, D. A.; Byrne, C.; Straiton, S.; Rhind, S. M.
PUB. DATE
November 2010
SOURCE
Veterinary Record: Journal of the British Veterinary Association;Nov2010, Vol. 167 Issue 19, p730
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In an effort to increase suicide awareness skills among veterinary undergraduates, a three-hour suicide awareness workshop (safeTALK) was delivered to third-year Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies undergraduates as part of their professional development curriculum. Students were able to opt out of the session by contacting the course organisers. A total of 26 of 151 (17 per cent) third-year students attended the workshop, and 17 completed a feedback questionnaire. The vast majority of the students reported that after completing the workshop they were more likely or much more likely to recognise the signs of a person at risk of suicide, approach a person at risk of suicide, ask a person about suicide, and connect a person at risk of suicide with help. Five veterinary academics attended a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, and all reported that the course was effective in improving suicide awareness and intervention skills.
ACCESSION #
66291423

 

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