Undergraduate Research


Suicide and mental health are both relevant topics that impact a diverse number of individuals in both personal and professional contexts, such as patients in healthcare. Therefore, it is important that healthcare workers, such as nurses, are trained and well equipped to intervene with at-risk individuals. There is a need for nurses to develop competency to better support and provide the appropriate care for patients with suicidal ideation. The objective of this study is to determine the feasibility of offering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, and to measure the impact of the workshop on students, staff, and faculty. Post and pre workshop surveys were collected and analyzed using descriptive quantitative and thematic qualitative data. Participants showed overwhelming support by strongly agreeing that suicide intervention program should be included in nursing education. Results suggest the potential benefits of incorporating suicide intervention training for nursing students such as improved knowledge and understanding of suicide. Participants reported improved confidence and preparedness to intervene with at-risk individuals. Participants can apply their skills professionally with patients, or personally with supporting friends and family. Similarly, faculty and staff can support students and colleagues on campus.

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