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PSME449 Introduction to Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

A broad introduction to the complex issue of suicide and approaches to suicide prevention for a range of students and professional groups.

Paper title Introduction to Suicidology and Suicide Prevention
Paper code PSME449
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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PSME 429
Limited to
Limited to: PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc
This paper includes two on-campus residential periods.
Teaching staff

Convenors: Sarah McKenzie and Sunny Collings


A variety of general texts and journals relevant to the paper will be available via the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the phenomena of suicide and suicidal behaviours as they relate to individual, community and population levels.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical, cultural, ethnic, gender and life course issues as they relate to suicide and suicidal behaviours in specific population groups.
  3. Describe and be familiar with research approaches relating to suicide.
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of politics, discourses and contemporary issues within suicide prevention.
  5. Critically evaluate suicide prevention initiatives/activities as they relate to individuals, communities and population groups.


Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system