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“Take any suicidal talk or behavior seriously. It's not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide—it's a cry for help.” - International Association for Suicide Prevention

Save Students from Suicide through S.A.V.E.

S Prabavathy, R Beniya Elizabeth Rani.

Keywords : S.A.V.E, Student, Suicide

Citation Information : Prabavathy S, Rani. RB. Save Students from Suicide through S.A.V.E.. 2015; 4 (1):33-36.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10085-4107

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-08-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


According to the most recently available data presented in the Statistical Abstract of India, 17, 100 young Indians (15 to 44 years old) died in 2011 due to suicide. At no other time during the life span were suicide rates so high. Suicide among college and university students is estimated to be 50% higher than for other age group. Not only suicide is considered by many researchers to be the number one health problem on the nation's campuses but the suicide rate for this population has tripled over the past 25 years. Professional nursing students could perhaps be at an even higher risk for suicide than other college students. “Nursing students are more doubtful than other college students about their academic performance. They encounter stress in adjusting to a rigorous program of theory and practice. The reality is often far different from a prospective student's image of it”. Because of the longevity of contact hours spent with nursing students in both lecture and clinical milieus, nursing faculty are in a uniquely favorable position to identify and assess those students who appear to be at risk for suicide. In addition, as most nurse educators provide supportive relationships, rich with caring and trust for their students, distressed students are usually open to talking to a faculty member. If a suicidal risk is found during the assessment interview, the faculty member should then provide an immediate referral for further psychiatric evaluation and intervention. To assist faculty in the quick recall of the essential components of this helping process the acronym S.A.V.E. is used: S - Signs of suicidal thinking. A - Ask questions. V - Validate the student's experience. E- Encourage treatment and Expedite care/getting help.

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