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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 Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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PSME 429
Limited to
PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc
This is not a clinical skills paper and will not equip you with specific skills in suicide prevention.
Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Teaching staff

Convenors: Sarah McKenzie, Tess Soulie and Sunny Collings. Additional input from nationwide experts in the field.

Teaching Arrangements

Online course with two 2 day on-campus residential periods.


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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the phenomena of suicide and suicidal behaviours as they relate to individuals, communities and populations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical, historical, cultural and social frameworks as they relate to suicide and suicidal behaviours.
  3. Describe and be familiar with research approaches relating to suicide, and their strengths and limitations from a range of perspectives.
  4. Have an appreciation of the nature of politics, discourses and contemporary issues within suicide prevention.

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Not offered in 2020

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