Community Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Course code PSYC6230
Not available in 2017


This course focuses on the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to address specific mental health problems in the community. Students will learn how to evaluate the current parameters of a community/public health problem, such as suicidal behaviours. Course content is driven from a psychological perspective, but emphasises a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and improving major health problems. Students will learn how to develop and evaluate programs for treatment, research, and improvement of a specific community health problem. The course includes detailed discussion of suicidal behaviours and suicide prevention as a leading, and worldwide, health concern.

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to community health

2. Understand the psychological approach toward community health issues

3. Learn how to work with multidisciplinary teams

4. Understand the impact of grief and loss

5. Define risk and protective factors of community health problems, e.g. suicide

6. Cover the epidemiology and treatment of suicidal behaviours

7. Evaluate suicide prevention and other community health programs


This course will provide students with background knowledge on community health problems and programs aimed at providing community assistance. Students will gain knowledge and skills in designing, implementing and evaluating community health and mental health programs. Suicide prevention will be presented as an example community problem, which will be addressed through a multidisciplinary perspective.


Prior successful completion of PSYC6000 & PSYC6050 or approval for enrolment by the Program Convenor.

Assumed Knowledge

PSYC6000 and PSYC6050 or equivalent

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Examination: On-line

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion

Quiz: Quiz - On-line

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact Hours