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Annessa Rebair: Why suicide prevention must be part of pre-registration nurse education 

Senior lecturer in mental health Annessa Rebair lost her brother to suicide when he was 21. She explains why it is vital that students across all fields of nursing learn about suicide awareness and prevention as part of their training

Senior lecturer in mental health Annessa Rebair lost her brother to suicide when he was 21. She explains why it is vital that students across all fields of nursing learn about suicide awareness and prevention as part of their training

As a young nursing student, the knowledge that I had a duty of care to those in suicidal distress was frightening. Even with 20 years of nursing experience, I am still slightly anxious when I am with someone who is experiencing suicidal distress.

I have learned that suicide is hidden, often regarded as a secret by those harbouring pain, and that clues can be incredibly subtle, passing loved ones by. This is not an uncommon story told by those who have lost someone to suicide. I am one of those people. My brother was 21 when he took his life.

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