Professional course Supporting and Managing Those at Risk of Suicide

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Face-to-face and online
Course Director
Martin Hember

20 credit Level 3 or Masters level module

Page last updated 29 April 2022


Supporting and Managing Those at Risk of Suicide, level 3 (UZZRXT-20-3) or Masters level (UZZRUS-20-M) module, will explore prevalence and changing trends of self-harm and suicide, from local, national and global perspectives, whilst examining ethical and legal considerations.

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.


Entry requirements

This module is for you if you work in a health or social care setting.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice, BSc(Hons) Professional Development, BSc (Hons) Professional Studies; MSc Specialist Practice, MSc Professional Development, MSc Advanced Practice.



The course syllabus covers:

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)

Learning and Teaching

Lectures, seminars, group work, problem solving exercises, critical review of research and policy, utilisation of prior knowledge, critical reflection and challenge from peers.

Independent work will include pre reading and preparation for assessment.

Study time

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.


Assessment will be a 15 minute case-based presentation with a 1,000 word action plan.

In the case-based presentation, you will explore one of the following in relation to your case study:

  • Ethical issues
  • Risk taking
  • Risk assessment
  • Psycho social aspects
  • Stress and distress

The presentation will include 10 minutes for the presentation and five minutes for questions.

The 1,000 word action plan will examine how your own practice will be enhanced and developed when supporting suicidal individuals in the future.

Prices and dates

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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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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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