PROTECT: Suicide prevention for university student support 

Mental healthcare

Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
Upcoming Time: TBC
Length: 1 Day
Cost: Free
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

SHRINE – sexual health and mental health interface Simulation Course

It is estimated that one in four university students will experience mental illness and students are increasingly speaking to student support services and faculty members about their mental health concerns. The recent increase in suicides amongst university students has brought the duty of care faced by universities into focus and many institutions are seeking to make positive changes towards providing holistic care to their students. For student support services, suicide prevention has increasingly become a focus of care and a source of anxiety for staff.

Traditional ways of assessing and categorising risk have little actual value in predicting or preventing suicide, and decision-making around risk is prone to unconscious bias that means seemingly rational choices do not always represent optimal care for the people under our care.

This one-day Maudsley Masterclass is developed and delivered in collaboration with PROTECT, and takes a research-driven, relational approach to suicide prevention, critically examining the process of assessing risk and introducing a range of practical frameworks to formulate your risk assessments, make collaborative decisions with students in difficulty, and effectively safety plan.

Starting with the premise that the most powerful tool we have for preventing risk is the therapeutic relationship, the PROTECT suicide prevention training will enable you to apply your existing relational skills more systematically to improve your confidence and ability in managing students at risk of suicide.

If you are interested in commissioning this course for your university please get in contact with – head of sales.



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Target audience

Peer support mentors, Student support staff, University faculty members, University health service doctors, University tutors

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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
Assistant Headteacher - London
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.
Teacher - London