• Course Delivery
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    3 Weeks


Suicide is a global problem that can affect anyone at any time. Despite being preventable, it is estimated that a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. This means that more than 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year. Even now, suicide remains a subject that most people find difficult to talk about. While the media covers high profile international cases, public discussion of suicide and its causes is still too rare. However, suicide is something that can be prevented. With this in mind, we've worked with experts in the field and people with lived experience to develop this unique course and explore suicide prevention in the global context.

This online course aims to give you confidence when exploring the topic of suicide or when supporting vulnerable individuals. Through videos, texts, quizzes, and case studies we'll explore some of the trends that can be identified, which may place individuals at higher risk of suicidal behaviours. We'll also focus on approaches that can be taken to minimise the risk of losing people as a result of suicide. We'll consider why suicide rates tend to be higher among groups who may experience prejudice or discrimination and we'll explore the scale of suicide, both from a local and global perspective, to help you understand why the World Health Organisation has a target to reduce global suicide rates. We'll highlight the links between stigma and suicide risk.

And you'll learn about the progress that's been made in suicide prevention, research, policy, and practise. This course, which has been endorsed by the Samaritans, Breathing Space, and the British Psychological Society, will set you apart from your colleagues, providing you with extra knowledge of suicide prevention in the global context. Completing this course will give you the confidence to broach the subject of suicide and it can be used as evidence for continued professional development. So join us now in a bid to reduce suicide rates across the world.


On successful completion this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain some of the risk factors for suicide in the global context
  • Produce examples of different strategies used to try and reduce the risk of suicide
  • Reflect on the impact of suicide at a personal and societal level
  • Explore the role of stigma in the context of suicide

Key Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date
9 Sep 2019
9 Sep 2019

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.

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