Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


With one in four young people suffering serious mental ill-health*, there has never been a more crucial time to be at the forefront of youth mental health.

The Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide is a practical course designed to equip the mental health workforce with the tools to reshape these statistics and support at-risk youth.

Developed by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Youth Mental Health in collaboration with Orygen, this in-depth program is the only graduate course in the world dedicated entirely to managing self-harm and suicide in young people. You’ll cover the latest theory, research and evidence-based practice guidelines on the detection, prevention and management of self-harm and suicide-related behaviours in young people, and learn how to make a difference to at-risk youth.

*Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute’s 2012-18 Youth Mental Health Report

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for teachers and mental health professionals wanting to develop their skills working with young people experiencing mental ill-health. The content is suitable for professionals working across a breadth of community and clinical settings, including the following:

  • Teachers
  • General practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Youth workers
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.


Graduates may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide are eligible to gain 25 points of credit (worth two subjects) if they decide to enrol in one of the following courses: