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

R.J. Mellanby, N.P.H. Hudson, R. Allister, C.E. Bell, R.W. Else, D.A. Gunn-Moore, C. Byrne, S. Straiton, S.M. Rhind

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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
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Pages (from-to)730-734
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Record
Volume167
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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