MHP216 Suicide Prevention (8)


This subject investigates the underlying factors associated with suicide, suicide attempts and the skills required to effectively respond. It also focuses on community responses through suicide prevention. Of particular focus will be the issue of suicide prevention as it relates to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and to ensure that suicide prevention is integral to community business. Important policies and legal and ethical responsibilities will be examined to ensure students can play an active role in their own communities to assist with the prevention of suicide. This subject has a compulsory Residential School.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP216
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment restrictions

 Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine through research and discuss the theories of suicide and self harm;
  • be able to discuss the significance of cultural issues as they relate to suicide and self harm;
  • be able to explore through social media and lived experiences, the myths and misconceptions around attempted suicide and suicide;
  • be able to identify the indicators and risk factors leading to suicide;
  • be able to critically discuss models of suicide prevention, risk management, including the role of the community and support services;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies as they relate to suicide prevention;
  • be able to discuss legal and ethical issues as they relate to suicide prevention, and intervention.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 - Definitions, theories and misconceptions of suicide
  • Module 2 - The differences between suicide and self harm
  • Module 3 - The indicators leading to suicide
  • Module 4 - Key elements of suicide prevention (What are they?)
  • Module 5 - How to develop individual suicide prevention approaches
  • Module 6 - How to develop community suicide prevention approaches
  • Module 7 - The population health approach to suicide prevention
  • Module 8 - Mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention
  • Module 9 - Evidence Based - Successful programs in suicide prevention
  • Module 10 - Legal and ethical issues

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2.66 day residential school. The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) – Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna). Second Year
Session One Session Two
MHP211 – 2 days MHP211 – 2 days
MHP214 – 2.66 days MHP209 – 2.66 days
MHP212 - 2.66 days MHP216 – 2.66 days
MHP213 – 2.66 days MHP213 – 2.66 days
Total 10 days Total 10 days
Across session 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Specialised Resources

This subject has a residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.