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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Suicide Prevention by Wesleyan University

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About the Course

This course will explore the science of suicide research, prevention, and intervention. The field of suicide research is young and knowledge is rapidly changing. Topics will include terminology, epidemiology, historical and contemporary theories of suicide, modern approaches to suicide research, empirically supported approaches to prevention and intervention, the lived experiences of those with suicidal thoughts and attempts. Note: this course is not designed to address personal experiences with suicidal thoughts, suicide loss, or mental illness nor will it address assessing suicide risk among friends or family members. If you are thinking about suicide or are worried about someone else – please contact your local suicide prevention crisis center as soon as possible. Your life matters and help is available. Each module will include a quiz. The last module’s quiz will be cumulative....

Top reviews


Oct 4, 2023

Well laid out and easy to follow. Great content and given how expansive this topic can be, this course did well with hitting all the important parts in a meaningful way. Thank you.


Aug 18, 2023

This course was exceptionally good. From this course I got to learn a lot of new information. Basically it was wholesum amount of knowledge.

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By Brian H

Jun 13, 2022

I'm sure the marterial on the whole is informative, however students should be given the option like in the courses to buy the certificate at the end of the course, instead of "we'll only grade you exams if you pay us".

this course was a waste of time for me, & I don't recommend it.

By Amanda C

Apr 25, 2022

There was a lot of good information here. However, in the middle of one of the intervention videos, there is a long discussion about the script that could easily have been cut from the video. Additionally, some of the links to videos are not working, especially in the last module.

I know links particularly are hard to keep current, but the video should have that piece cut out, it's clearly an editing mistake. It makes me think that not a lot of attention was paid to this course, and considering the subject matter, that's a shame.

By Melanie N

Nov 6, 2021

Very informative

By Roger V d S C

Oct 31, 2022

I do a PhD study on language and suicide, and even I got positevely surprised by this course, because I learned so many new, relevant things! Another plus for me is the online quizzes with unlimited attempts to pass, since the main goal is to learn, not to be tested in a traditional “pass now or never”. The care for scientific evidence and clear explanations is another pro on this course. It’s worth noting that the teacher gives plenty of examples, so you can quickly visualize what she said.

I just don’t give it 5 stars because there were no real pictures or videos on the presentations, only diagrams, charts and the like. Anyways, most of the time, it was text over white background plus the teacher’s voice and image. At some point, my brain got bored and I had to force myself more and more to study something I like, so I figured the problem was not lack of interest. I don’t mean there should be suicide pictures and videos, but objects like a handshake when talking about support, a smiling health professional, maybe photos of some researchers etc.

By Deleted A

Jun 21, 2022

This course was a great fit with my role as a volunteer crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line. I have an MSW from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and have published quite a bit of research about suicide attempts in the LGBT population. I am now a Doctor of Social Work student at Capella University and plan to do a capstone project (applied research) on clinical interventions with LGBT youth.

By Hunter

Feb 5, 2023

I learn some new information that will assist with my current employment but helping clients.

By Mohammad S A

Jan 9, 2023

Its very Informative and a lo to learn. I will suggest to add some case studies to be analyzed such as clinical suicide cases. I know that's not in the scope of this course but it could be kept optional.

By Anna L

Apr 1, 2023


I audited this course, not wanting to pay for a few lectures. It's pretty good. The lectures are clear and the information seems very well-sourced. The lecturer phrases things very well. The lesson format is bland and there are a lot of dead links, but that's as expected.

My main con is the course title. It is just a course about suicide statistics. One of the first videos disclaims that the course will not help the learner identify or mitigate suicide risks in others. The "prevention" aspect of the material is shallow and does not get into managing risk factors or the social determinants of health at all. Instead, it focuses narrowly on awareness and anti-stigma campaigns. The course teaches us that the four ways to reduce suicide are pain reduction, increasing hope, increasing connectedness, and reducing means. With this in mind, I really wish that the course spent time discussing any of these four things. You can still disclaim that the course is only theoretical and won't train the learner to mitigate risk, but including "prevention" in the title when it is not in the content feels like false marketing.

By Sarah A

Mar 24, 2022

I thought the course was okay, not a lot of in-depth interventions like I had hoped for, it was more of an overview of suicide, and I thought a bit too much focus on the history and statistics. The week four 12 minute video needs to be edited, there are about 2 minutes of dead space and the two of the video links for that module do not work.

By Andrée K

Nov 22, 2021

I like that the course keeps the modules brief and to-the-point. It gives learners plenty of space to process all the information, and the way it was put together allows that information to be retained for longer and more clearly. I enjoyed the readings and the activities suggested as well. However, some links in the readings are no longer functional and need updating. Also, in the last module, there is one video in which the professor pauses to fix some mistakes in the text with her coworkers, and I think that segment should be removed from the video. A great, well-designed, and insightful course overall!

By Furkan c

Sep 25, 2022

I like it so much. Researchers often talk and complain misconceptions about suicide in social sphere but do not talk about their stubborn persistence in their own misconceptions. This course has done a great job with the touching the clinicians' acceptance of "normal" and persist their attitude to continue their blatant errors, such as the suicide contract's iatrogenic effects. I wish there were more courses on the topic of suicide. I would be very happy to see a collaborative course of interdisciplinary researchers here.

By Jason C

Apr 10, 2023

This course provides a fantastic overview of the study of suicidal behaviour. The lectures were comprehensive and thoughtful and the resources provided for further study were excellent, thank you to the team at Wesleyan for their work.


Apr 18, 2023

Es un curso bastante completo, es fácil de comprender inclusive para personas que no están dentro del campo de la salud mental., brinda herramientas y concepto teóricos que nos ayudan a comprender de mejor forma el suicidio

By Mahmut K

Dec 8, 2023

çok verimli bir kurs günümüzde gerçekten önemli ve üzerinde durulması gereken bir konu üzerinde böyle bir çalışma yapmanız gerçekten taktire şayan Sizlere çok çok teşekkür ediyor başarılarınızın devamını diliyorum

By Sheva L

Oct 5, 2023

Well laid out and easy to follow. Great content and given how expansive this topic can be, this course did well with hitting all the important parts in a meaningful way. Thank you.

By Twinkle S

Aug 19, 2023

This course was exceptionally good. From this course I got to learn a lot of new information. Basically it was wholesum amount of knowledge.

By Jason H

Aug 27, 2023

The most informative course on suicide intervention and prevention I've taken. Strongly recommend this course to anyone.

By María J T B

Sep 11, 2023

Excelente, me enseño muchos de los avances terapeuticos que hay para abordar el suicidio

By Vincent R

Mar 7, 2023

a very well done course, I enjoyed the material and it was enlightening.

Thank You.

By Ricardo F J

Dec 11, 2023

This Coursera Course called Suicide Prevention was very interesting and educating.

By Ameera-Jessica N

Dec 5, 2022

Very helpful information that i will always use to prevent others from harm

By Rebecca M

Jun 23, 2022

This professor is great, I am telling all my coworkers to take this class

By Kimberly R

Jul 13, 2023

Great information for anyone interested in prevention and awareness.

By J C

Apr 17, 2023

Good course, i now have a good insight into suicide prevention.

By Mishaal S

Mar 27, 2024

Best course every. every aspect taught here is beneficial.