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Suicide prevention and support

Unit Code: PSY5021

Duration: 6 weeks

Contact Hours: 20-24 hours of study per week

Credit Points: 6


In this unit you will learn how to communicate about suicide safely, identify key drivers of suicide, and understand the skills required to provide support to individuals and communities. You will reflect on your capacity to reduce suicide and develop a plan for self-care when supporting people around suicide. You will integrate knowledge regarding suicide facts and trends, theories, risk and protective factors, and stigma to develop an understanding of why suicide happens. Systems-based suicide prevention approaches for communities and government policies will be explored, with a focus on groups of people who experience disproportionate rates of suicide.

A key focus of the unit will be the importance of lived / living experience understanding and inclusion.