Suicide Training: Changing attitudes and actions.

An evaluation of safeTALK training for NOSM students


Thank you for your interest in this student-led research project!


You are invited to take part in a study that explores the knowledge and opinions of NOSM students toward suicide and safeTALK training. The purpose of this study is to obtain greater understanding of the effectiveness of safeTALK training as a component of the NOSM undergraduate medical curriculum. You are being asked to participate as you are an undergraduate medical student registered at NOSM East or West.


What's involved?

If you agree, you will be asked to independently complete an online survey, requiring about 15 minutes of your time. Participation is completely voluntary, secure, and anonymous. Please answer the questions as honestly as possible, but you should not feel obliged to complete the survey if any of the material makes you feel uncomfortable. You may withdraw at any time prior to submission of the survey, but due to the anonymous nature of the survey, withdrawal post-submission will not be possible. Withdrawal from survey will have no effect on your standing in school. There will be no renumeration for your participation in this study. You will be asked to create a unique username rather than providing any identifying information (e.g., name, email).


How might this study benefit me?

You may benefit from participating in this study by gaining a deeper understanding of your own attitudes and/or beliefs regarding suicide and safeTALK training. It may further encourage discussion and reflection among you and your peers on the need for suicide risk assessment training as a medical student.


Are there any risks to participating?

You may experience psychological distress or symptoms of discomfort from the survey based on previous personal experiences with suicide.


If you experience symptoms of distress during or after participation, please contact


  • Crisis Intervention - Sudbury            1-705-675-4760


  • Crisis Intervention - Thunder Bay     1-807-346-8282


            Toll Free:                                     1-877-841-1101


  • Good2Talk hotline                            1-866-925-5454


These numbers will be prominently displayed on all screens of the online survey. As a reminder, your participation is voluntary. You will not be required to answer questions that make you uncomfortable and you are free to back out at any time. Please note that once you submit your survey, you will not be able to withdraw your responses, unless you contact the research team with your unique username. Due to the anonymity of the submission, the research team will not know which responses are yours. If you choose not to take part in this study, your involvement with NOSM will not be affected in any way.


Will my responses be kept safe and private?

Responses to the online survey will be kept confidential and securely stored under the privacy protocols of the Tri-Council Policy Statement and the Lakehead University and Laurentian University Research Ethics Boards. Survey responses are protected and encrypted, available only to the study investigators. You will not be asked to provide identifying information, but it is possible that, given the small student population at NOSM, that one may become identifiable by deduction, based on demographic information. If this occurs the researchers will not report findings that would jeopardize the anonymity of the participants.


The unique username you create will serve as your participant identification. These usernames will not be used for any other purpose than to differentiate participants involved in the present study. Responses and results from all online surveys will be grouped together to further protect your privacy.


Who is conducting this research?

Brooke Wilson, BSc, MD Candidate, Class of 2018
Student Investigator
Northern Ontario School of Medicine


Eva Neufeld, PhD                                               
Research Supervisor
Human Sciences Division, Northern Ontario School of Medicine,
Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Laurentian University

Who can I contact for further information and study results?

If you require any further information regarding your participation in this study please contact Brooke Wilson at or Eva Neufeld at For a copy of study results, please email Results of the study will be written and submitted for publication within a year of completion.


This research study has been reviewed and approved by the Lakehead University and Laurentian University Research Ethics Boards. If you have any questions related to the ethics of the research and would like to speak to someone outside of the research team, please contact:

Sue Wright | Lakehead University REB | 807-343-8283 |

Office of Research Ethics | Laurentian University | 705-675-1151 |




Brooke Wilson, BSc, MD Candidate                           Eva Neufeld, PhD, Research Supervisor

Class of 2018, Student Investigator                            Human Sciences, Northern Ontario School of Medicine;
Northern Ontario School of Medicine                          CRaNHR, Laurentian University 705-675-1151, x4364 

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