Dr SAMS (Suicide Awareness in Medical Students) is being rolled out at Brighton and Sussex Medical School to all first-year medical students. The aim is for the doctors of tomorrow to take better care of themselves so that they will take better care of their patients. 

Olly’s Future is delighted to have received funding from the British Medical Association for this initiative.

As part of Dr SAMS, medical students are offered the chance to attend one or all of the three different sessions that make up this pioneering initiative, as follows: 

Talking About Suicide: Ten Tools Training

A 90-minute suicide prevention training session, delivered via Zoom, providing participants with the essential tools to initiate a conversation around suicide.

Guided Self-Care Spaces

Guided Self-Care spaces are one hour long sessions to help participants develop and practise self-compassion and self-reflective practices. They are facilitated by experienced practitioners and delivered via Zoom.

Open Mic MENtal Health Nights

Open Mic MENtal Health Nights are great at giving students a chance to come together in a relaxed environment, often in a pub on campus, to share their experiences of their own mental health. It’s a chance to listen and learn too, and seems to go down particularly well with men who are happy to take turns on the mic. It’s a open mic night with a difference. To read more about this initiative please click here

Additional Information

Doctors’ Support Network

Support for doctors – DSN has an online, anonymous, confidential Support Forum for Full and Student members of DSN.  DSN is FREE to join with a suggested donation. 

Click here to Join DSN

If you would like to know more about how to roll out Dr SAMS (Suicide Awareness in Medical Students), please email [email protected]