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Suicide Intervention and Prevention


“Whāia tō te aka matua hei oranga mōu” Pursue informed pathways to fulfil your own destiny

This programme prepares you with the essential knowledge and skills required to work effectively, not only with individuals at risk of suicide, but also their whānau.

“Suicide is both a social and a medical/mental health issue and the more people trained to make sense of the signs when they appear, the more lives can be saved; and the more whānau can be relieved of the burden of having to be left to deal with the ‘fall-out’ of suicide. But this will not happen without appropriate and supportive training and education.”

- Dr Candy Cookson–Cox


Start date:

To be confirmed




1 semester (18 weeks) 


To be confirmed

Mixed Delivery Mode:

3 consecutive days of wānanga each month provides in-depth classroom teaching. In addition there are online learning, tutorials, community-based projects, etc. Learn from the experiences of others by listening to their stories and personal experiences of the impact of suicide.

Annual Fees/Payment Options:


You may be eligible for a grant towards study costs if your agency is funded through Te Aka Whai Ora, Te Whatu Ora, or Manatū Hauora


  • Recognise the warning signs
  • Be able to support a person who is feeling suicidal
  • Know when to reach out
  • Offer solutions and recovery strategies

Entry Criteria

  • A minimum age of 19 is required
  • Working (paid and unpaid) with Māori or within a Māori community
  • Be prepared to study at tertiary level
  • Subject to a NZ Police Vetting check

Programme Team

Programme Tutor(s):

Candy Cookson-Cox


Colonisation & the impact of oppression and marginalisation on whānau ora

Explore trends in suicide amongst Māori; te ao Māori and the impact of the modern world on Māori belief systems including the impact of colonisation on Whānau Ora.

Classification of mental health disorders

Mental health continuum and mental health services for suicide intervention.

Identifying suicide factors in a person

Recognise, respond to and report suicide risk factors and signs of distress in a person; the Ottowa Charter and culture-specific frameworks.

Assessment and management of suicidal people

Assess and manage the person identified as at risk of suicide. 

Strengthening individual and community responses to suicide 

Demonstrate self-awareness related to suicide intervention and cultural practices when working with whānau Māori; assist and support communities towards a community response/strategy.

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