WHO estimates one million people die from suicide annually, with suicide rates having increased by 60% worldwide in the last 45 years. It is also among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15–44. A host of conditions exacerbate mental illness and depression leading to suicide, including loneliness, personal crisis and loss, chronic pain, terminal illness, and substance-abuse. This 10-week programme seeks to provide an in-depth understanding on the issue, treatment modalities available, as well as the role first responders can play.

Class details are as below:

Venue: Dream Centre PJ (DUMC)

Dates: July 3 - Sep 4, 2019

Day and Time: Every Wednesday, 7 - 10pm



Dr. Joshua is attached to the Department of Psychiatry at UKM Medical Centre, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Volgograd State Medical University of the Russian Federation in 2009. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Psychiatry master programme by the Department of Psychiatry of UKM Medical Centre.


Dr. Luke recently joined the Department of Psychiatry at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Medical Centre. He completed his undergraduate medical studies at the University of North Sumatera in Indonesia, and received his Doctor of Psychiatry degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2018. 

Programme Outline:


  • Pre-test (participants’ general understanding of the topic)
  • Nomenclature
  • Epidemiology
  • Medical, psychological, philosophical, legal perspective of suicide

Mental Illness and Suicide

  • Religious perspective of suicide
  • Biblical perspective of suicide
  • Suicidal behaviour and psychiatric conditions
    • mood disorders
    • psychotic disorder
    • substance use disorder
    • personality disorders

Cultural, Social and Other Factors Surrounding Suicide

  • Suicidal behaviour and physical illness
  • Suicidal behaviour and social factors
  • Suicidal behaviour and culture
  • Suicidal behaviour and media influences

Suicide Risk Assessment

  • Risk factors’ identification and assessment tools
  • Demonstration on how to ask about suicidal thoughts
  • Considerations for special groups:
    • children and adolescents, elderly
  • Risk factors’ identification and assessment by using scenarios in groups

Mental Health First Aid

  • Providing mental health first aid as first responders, pathways to treatment options
  • Simulation and role playing session for participants
  • Self-care for responders

After-Care of Suicide Survivors, Families and Congregation

  • After-care of suicide survivors
    • medical treatment and psychological support
  • Helping families bereaved by suicide
    • impact of suicide on family
    • assessment and assistance

Suicide Prevention: Evidence-Based Strategies

  • Awareness and advocacy role by community leaders
  • Group work discussion based on scenarios

Concluding Chapter

  • Summaries
  • Post-test
  • Sharing and feedback



Note: This course is for Diploma/Degree students only. Please note that you are NOT eligible to take any of these courses without submitting the Diploma/Degree application to us. Kindly make an enquiry before you register any courses.