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Acute Depression

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated July 21, 2022.



Kymberley Bontinen, Douglas College

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In this interactive simulation, you will be conducting a mental health interview with a patient in acute depression with suicidal ideations who has been admitted voluntarily to the acute psychiatric unit.

Learning Objectives:

Apply therapeutic communication skills using a patient-centered, inclusive and trauma-informed approach.

Demonstrate interview techniques with a patient experiencing acute depression.

Perform a mental health interview that will include components of a mental status exam and suicide risk assessment.

Identify patient goals, values and beliefs, support systems and strengths.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


103e, SIPS (Stitch Media)


Bontinen K. Acute Depression. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Mental health

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