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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 178-182

Suicidality among medical students


Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abhijit R Rozatkar
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal - 462 020, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_140_21

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Medical training involves intense academic pressure and competition. Understandably, the prevalence of mental distress and suicidal behaviors is high among medical students. This article discusses the recognition and management of suicidal behavior at an individual as well as service/systems level. At the individual level, identification of common psychiatric symptoms, recognition of suicidal warning signs, adequate assessment, and appropriate referrals can prevent potential suicides. Various strategies have been successfully implemented at the population and high-risk group level. The introduction of technological methodologies may increase the reach of these preventive strategies. Student Wellness Centers can serve a significant role in preventing suicidal attempts and at-risk behaviors.


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