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Self Harm Awareness

This is a programme of training aimed specifically at the learning and practice needs of health and social care staff working with service users who deliberately cut, burn or poison themselves.

We de-mystify self harm and critically examine assumptions and myths around, for example, 'attention-seeking' and 'attempted suicide' which are so often associated with these behaviours.


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More about Self Harm Awareness

Small Group Self harm is a remarkably common behaviour practised by men and women of all ages from a variety of backgrounds. Social care staff along with police, prison officers, A&E staff and mental health professionals are particularly likely to encounter people who injure themselves, and may hold a wide variety of attitudes and beliefs around both the behaviour and the individuals who injure themselves.

We make ample use of video clips and case studies produced by the self harm community itself, and enable delegates to establish some of the many and varied reasons why people self harm.

We look at how to determine whether support may or may not be appropriate (it often isn't) and how to accomodate self harming service users in a way that is safe, non-harmful to others and amenable to risk assessment and management procedures.


The programme also includes content around assessment of physical injuries, liaison with emergency medical and mental health professionals, and a Toolkit of skills to help us work with self harming service users.


Self Harm Awarness can be delivered as a one-day in house course for delegates requiring more intensive training, but can also be run as one of our Bite Size Courses. We can also deliver a Train the Trainer programme and Training Packs for this subject area.

Learning Objectives

During the course we’ll be enabling delegates to:

  1. Use real-world examples to give meaning and definition to self harm

  2. Address key myths and assumptions about self harm

  3. Understand some of the complex reasons why a person may injure themselves

  4. Describe attitudes and interpersonal skills (The Toolkit) we can use to help and support self harming service users

  5. Incoprporate risk management and injury assessment to determine need for emergency medical provision

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