Mental Health Education & Resource Centre

Summer School | Suicide Prevention Education Programme

A five day, intensive Summer School of our popular Suicide Prevention Education Programme. This will run from Monday 22 January through to Friday 26 January, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory.


Improve your knowledge and gain confidence when providing support and assistance for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. This fully funded programme is a great opportunity for those who work in health, education or social service professions.

The programme will cover the following topics:

22 January, 8:30am-5:00pm
• Introduction, Epidemiology, Definitions, and Statistics
• Suicide Theories
• Risk and Protective Factors
• High Risk Groups 1 - Youth

23 January, 8:30am-5:00pm
• High Risk Groups 2 - Older Adults
• High Risk Groups 3 - Maori, Pasifika, Other Ethnicities
• High Risk Groups 4 - Rural people
• Gender Differences in Suicidal Behaviours

24 January, 8:30am-5:00pm
• Non Suicidal Self Injuries (NSSI)
• Suicide Clusters and Contagion
• Comorbidity
• Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention

25 January, 8:30am-5:00pm
• Emergency Departments and Suicide Prevention
• Suicide Risk Screening and Assessment
• Safety Planning, Brief Interventions and E-health initiatives
• Ethical Considerations

26 January, 8:30am-5:00pm
• Postvention
• Policy Implications and National Directives
• Multi-level (Systems) Approaches to Suicide Prevention
• Interactive Summary

Fully Funded Courses
Although there is no cost for you to attend this course, you will be charged $47.50 for non-attendance at every session where you fail to give notice that you cannot attend. You have been provided with a limited opportunity to upskill and if you do not show up you take this opportunity away from others who may have wished to attend but were unable to as the course was full.  Thank you for your understanding.

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