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Evaluation of suicide awareness programmes delivered to veterinary undergraduates and academic staff
  1. R. J. Mellanby, BSc, BVMS, PhD, DSAM, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS1,
  2. N. P. H. Hudson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEIM, DipVetClinStud, MRCVS1,
  3. R. Allister, BSc, BVSc, MRCVS1,
  4. C. E. Bell, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS1,
  5. R. W. Else, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, FRCPath, DipECVP, FHEA1,
  6. D. A. Gunn-Moore, BSc, BVM&S, PhD, FHEA, MACVSc, MRCVS1,
  7. C. Byrne2,
  8. S. Straiton, BA2 and
  9. S. M. Rhind, BVMS, PhD, FRCPath, FHEA, MRCVS1
  1. Veterinary Teaching Organisation/Division of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. Scottish Association of Mental Health, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP
  1. E-mail for correspondence richard.mellanby{at}ed.ac.uk

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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