Supporting and Managing Those at Risk of Suicide

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus and is aimed at those working in a health or social care setting.

Course content includes:

  • Suicide Awareness:
    • Demographics and epidemiology of suicide, suicidal behaviour
    • Groups at risk of suicide
    • Suicide and suicidal behaviour across the lifespan.
    • Suicide prevention key concepts
    • Factors contributing to suicide.
  • Theories related to suicide:
    • Biological models
    • Psychological models
    • Social/cultural models.
  • Supporting people experiencing suicidal thoughts:
    • Suicide risk assessment skills
    • Characteristics of suicidal thought and behaviour
    • Crisis intervention: hospital, voluntary (Samaritans/listeners)
    • Principles of engagement and intervention
    • Maximising therapeutic outcome
    • Engaging with a person who has attempted to complete suicide.
  • Suicide bereavement support (postvention).


A maximum of 48 contact hours will be face to face learning with a lecturer, class room discussion on topics, and smaller group work with fellow students.

You will analyse contemporary suicide prevention strategies and initiatives, including literature on risk and suicide and the lessons learnt from inquiries. After completing the module you will be able to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of implementing evidence based risk assessments, risk and crisis management plans, in collaboration with service users and carers and colleagues from inter-professional and interagency organisations. You will recognise perspectives of service users, families, carers and colleagues in supporting mental wellbeing and the principles and practice of recovery, recognising how personal, professional, service user and carer dynamics can impact on partnership working.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

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