Evaluation of suicide awareness programmes delivered to veterinary undergraduates and academic staff
Mellanby, R. J.
Hudson, N. P. H.
Else, R. W.
Gunn-Moore, D. A.
Rhind, S. M.
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Mellanby, R.J., Hudson, N.P.H., Allister, R., Bell, C., Else, R.W., Gunn-Moore, D.A., Byrne, C., Straiton, S. and Rhind, S.M. (2010) ‘Evaluation of suicide awareness programmes delivered to veterinary undergraduates and academic staff’, Veterinary Record, 167(19), pp. 730-734.
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.