NOSM makes suicide awareness training part of curriculum

April 4, 2014

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is incorporating suicide awareness training into its medical curriculum in an effort to respond to the high rate of suicide in the region. First-year NOSM students will now take safeTALK training, a 3-hour program created by LivingWorks that trains participants to identify those with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with suicide first-aid resources. The school is also developing and piloting other tools that aim to help medical students deal with suicide during their future career as physicians. Community support workers, including youth, are currently receiving and facilitating safeTALK workshops in approximately half of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s 49 member communities. “As a medical school committed to improving the health of Northern Ontarians, we need to play our part in reducing the shockingly high number of deaths that occur from suicide in our region,” says NOSM Professor and safeTALK Phase 1 Coordinator Brian Ross. NOSM News Release