Suicide Prevention and Management for Seniors

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Course Category:

Mental Health

Duration (hours):


Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 65.00 $ 69.55
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 650.00 $ 695.50


Elderly has a high risk for suicide. Therefore, there is a need to heighten efforts at suicide prevention by arming social service practitioners with adequate knowledge of risk and protective factors for suicide. The aim of this course is to equip individuals with the fundamental skills and knowledge in the assessment of suicide risk in seniors and the intervention as well as management options.

Target Participants:

Social work professionals who work in an elderly setting. This may include counsellors, para-counsellors, junior counsellors, social workers, therapists, case managers, nurses and volunteers who work with the elderly.

Learners are assumed to possess an English Language (speaking, reading, writing and listening) proficiency level equivalent to GCE ‘O’ level or Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Relate core risk factors to elderly suicide commonly reported in Singapore

2. Plan for suicide assessment and intervention for elderly

3. Support professionals managing elderly suicide in their agencies

4. Examine the exercising of personal care when handling suicide clients


Please note that this course will be conducted online via Zoom (click to learn more about Zoom). Successful applicants will be able to access and download course materials from LearningCloud upon course confirmation. They will also be given the URL to join the Zoom course session with a unique password via email. Participants will be required to use their Name (as per NRIC) as the Zoom ID to be given access to the Zoom course session and will have to enable video view while the session is in progress.

Assessment will be conducted face-to-face at SSI. Successful applicants are required to sit for the one hour assessment on the last day of the training course or to be further advised by SSI.

As part of SSG's funding requirements, the training session(s) will be recorded for audit purposes. Please ensure that your camera is turned on throughout the session(s). By agreeing to attend this course, you are deemed to have consented for your participation to be recorded.

This course includes assessment components.
Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. As there is an assessment component for this course, grading and processing of results can only take place after course completion. Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Achievement from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

Mode of delivery:
Blended learning (facilitated classroom training and online course materials)
Learners will be required to access the online resources prior to the facilitated classroom training session.

Fee Remarks:

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only. For more information on SSG Training Grants, please visit:
SkillsFuture Singapore Funding.
SkillsFuture Credit.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of NCSS member Social Service Agencies via Direct Training Application.

Terms and conditions apply. Applicants of above training grants should inform SSI upon submission of your application.

Trainer Profile:

Mr. Wong Lit Shoon holds a MA degree in Applied Psychology (NTU), a BA in Psychology & Social Work (NUS), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths, University of London), an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts & Design (NAFA), a Certificate in General Nursing (School of Nursing, Singapore).

His career in the healthcare, social service and elderly sector spans over thirty years. He was the Executive Director of SAGE Counseling Centre, SWAMI Home; Manager of Medical Social Services of Ren Ci Hospital, Social worker/counsellor of SAMH; and a staff nurse at NUH, SGH.

He is a council member of Gerontological Society Singapore; a full member of Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW), Art therapists Association of Singapore (ATAS), & Singapore Psychological Society (SPS).

He is also a Review Board member of Vulnerable Adult Act (MSF), Research Ethic Review (NHG), and a member of Crisis Response Team (SASW).

As associate lecturer and field supervisor at several educational institutions, he has contributed to the clinical development of social work and counselling undergraduates and other social service practitioners.

Ms. Wong Lai Chun (MSc, BA, DIP TM, Cert Counselling) has over 10 years’ experience in the social service sector – of which – a total of 8 years was in a suicide prevention organisation. She was formerly heading the Crisis Call Centre (which operated a 24-hour suicide prevention telephone hotline), Training, as well as Community Partnership Departments.

Lai Chun also authored a book published in 2019 – ‘Do I Matter’ – which focused on building a healthy self-esteem. In addition, Lai Chun is also a Certified Behavioural Consultant and Life Coach. (Institute of Motivational Living Inc (USA) American University of NLP). She is also a Trained Trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Livingworks, Canada).

She has many years’ experience training locally and internationally and had spoken at international conferences and company-wide events, as well as on radio and TV programmes.
She is currently the Executive Director of OTR (Over-the-Rainbow) Listens (a non-profit organisation) - which provides an online real-time chat-based service.

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