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.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine and discuss the definitions, theories and misconceptions of suicide and self-harm;
  • be able to describe the significance of cultural issues as they relate to suicide and self-harm;
  • be able to explore and critique 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 and 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; and
  • be able to discuss legal and ethical issues as they relate to suicide prevention and intervention.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • MODULE 1: Definitions, theories and misconceptions;
  • MODULE 2: The differences between suicide and self-harm;
  • MODULE 3: The indicator leading to suicide;
  • MODULE 4: Key elements in suicide prevention;
  • MODULE 5: Development of individual suicide prevention approaches;
  • MODULE 6: Development 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 examples - successful programs in suicide prevention; and
  • MODULE 10: Legal and ethical issues.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP216 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Definition, facts and theory
Case study on suicide prevention
Residential school attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.9 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government funding  to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions which meets the requirements for support from Indigenous Student Services.

Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.