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PBS. 2017; 7(3): 149-55

Suicide and depression literacy among healthcare profession students in tertiary care center in South India

Dushad Ram, Suhas Chandran, Basavana Gowdappa H.


Objective: To determine the suicide and depression literacy among healthcare professional students.
Methods: Three hundred thirty nine healthcare professional students were assessed with socio-demographic and clinical proforma, depression literacy scale, and suicide literacy scale.
Results: There was low score on measure of depression and suicide literacy. Paramedical have lower literacy of suicide (MU=9.44, Z=-5.39, p=0.001) and depression (MU=9.28, Z=-5.53, p=0.001) than medical students. On linear regression analysis (R2=0.06, F=21.66, p=0.001), there was a statistically significant association between suicide and depression literacy (p=0.001).
Conclusion: Depression and suicide literacy is poor among healthcare professional students, particularly paramedical students. Suicide literacy was positively associated with depression literacy. There is a need to sensitize these students about depression and suicide.

Key words: depression literacy, suicide literacy, healthcare professional students

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