Mental Health, Mental Ill Health and Suicide (8ALK001)

Mental Health, Mental Ill Health and Suicide (8ALK001)

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Availability ~ All teaching periods
Type ~ Lifespan Unit

Whether clinician or concerned community member, improving mental health and wellbeing and reducing deaths from suicide requires common understanding of core paradigms. Unless we talk the same language, we cannot contribute constructively to the integrated care Australian Mental Health policy aspires to, and Australians need.

This unit introduces the learner to key concepts of mental health and wellbeing, mental ill health, mental illness and suicide. It then unpacks core paradigms used to understand these experiences and establish goals of individuals and services: recovery, enablement, trauma informed care, biopsychosocial approaches and suicide prevention.

This unit has starting dates of 31 Jan, 21 March, 09 May, 18 July, 05 September & 24 Oct during the 2022 academic year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Define and describe mental health, mental ill health and suicide as core paradigms with demonstration of the interfaces that exist between them; and
  2. Describe and assess the implications of recovery, enablement and trauma while considering biopsychosocial understandings of mental ill health.


Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Models of mental illness, ill health and wellbeing
Week 2 Recovery oriented care and trauma informed practice
Week 3 Suicide prevention: population approaches
Week 4 Suicide prevention: individual practice and experience
Week 5 Improving outcomes in your context