Bulgarian Journal of Psychiatry, 2023; 8(3):13-19
ATTITUDES OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL AND STUDENTS TOWARDS SUICIDE ATTEMPTS: A SURVEY AT SMBB MEDICAL UNIVERSITY LARKANA
Fahad Jibran Siyal1, Qararo Shah1, Aneela Atta ur Rahman1, Ali Akbar Pirzado1, Mir Hassan Khoso2, Zahid Ali Shaikh1, Athar Ali Bhutto1, Khalid Hussain1, Hafsa Khalid1
1Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana, Pakistan
2Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Pakistan
Abstract. Background: Suicide is deﬁned as an act of self-destruction committed by an individual who is well informed about the deadly outcome. Suicide has considerable cultural and socioeconomic effects. Personnel working in medical institutes should be more aware and contain more non stigmatizing attitude towards this phenomenon. Objective: To examine the relationship between suicidal literacy and the attitude of medical personnel towards suicidal attempts. Methods: The participants included Faculty members, officers, supporting staff, post graduate and undergraduate students at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 150 participants. The questionnaire was divided into two parts including demographic, anxiety, depression, and stigma sections. To ﬁnd out the association of independent variables with anxiety and depression, a chi-square test was used. Results: Out of 150 participants 72 (48%) were females and 78 (52%) were males. 72.7% of the sample had depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Stress in males was statistically signiﬁcantly higher (64.1%) than in females (27.8%). Conclusion: The study revealed various risk factors for suicidal thoughts in the targeted participants and can serve as basis for future analysis and interventions.
Key words: suicide, suicide attempts, attitudes, anxiety, depression, stigma
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