PSY-B399 Suicide and Depression

Course Description

The Suicide and Depression course at IU South Bend was created by Dr. John McIntosh, a former President of the American Association of Suicidology. Currently the course is taught by Dr. Daniel DeBrule, an assistant professor of psychology at IU South Bend. Dr. DeBrule has adapted the curriculum over the past four years and is creating resources that will allow him to accomplish his goal of disseminating the course nationwide.

Taking this course will provide students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the topics, issues, research, and literature on suicidology, with a special consideration of the relationship between suicide and depression.

During the course, students will be expected to familiarize themselves with some of the existing suicide literature, learn about significant aspects of suicide (myths, history, definitions), discuss ongoing controversy regarding suicide (right to life, coping for survivors), and gain a working knowledge of the dynamic between mental illness and suicidal thoughts as well as attempted/completed suicide.

The course also offers students the opportunity to work with the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition or the St. Joseph County Suicide Prevention Center. These opportunities can provide students an inside look into the world of suicide prevention, and give added meaning to the content of the course. Helping to destroy the stigma of suicide and preventing lives from being lost will be a great service to your community and to yourself.