Course Profile

Course Profile: Suicide and Self-Harm (1 Day)
Suicide is sometimes referred to as ‘The last revenge’ and even when this is not intended, the impact on others can be devastating. Self harm can likewise be very powerful indeed. This course tackles this challenging subject from a broad range of perspectives; psychological, psychiatric and social.
Examination of research and statistics will help identify those most at risk and why, and learners will focus on preventative approaches and action. They will consider strategies for the support of a person who self harms, is a suicidal risk, as well as dealing with the consequences for everyone of a “successful” suicide.
The course also examines self harm and clarifies the differences and commonalities, the underlying issues and how to best offer support. The course is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing) and is informed by NICE guidelines; The Mental Health Act (2007); Preventing Suicide across England: a cross-governmental outcomes strategy to save lives and Guidance from The Mental Health Foundation and MIND.
The course provides some knowledge for
HSC 2012; 027.2
Care Certificate: Standards 1.1d, 1.3, 3.2, 3.4, 5, 6, 13.2
The course supports the Social Care Commitment
The course is designed for people working at all levels in all settings; particularly supporting mental health users and younger people.
The course will assist the organisation meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is 'Self-Harm', why people Self-Harm and the different ways in which people Self-Harm
  • How self-harm relates to other mental health issues in young people
  • Risk factors that contribute to suicide and self-harm in young people
  • Does Self-Harm naturally lead to attempted Suicide?
  • Traditional treatment and current good practice
  • How people can be supported; how to engage and establish a working alliance
  • Risk assessment and harm minimization
  • Appropriate therapies and where to access these
  • A definition of Suicide
  • Suicide statistics: What we can learn from these and identify vulnerable groups and individuals
  • The importance of a personal history & identifying situations that promote vulnerability
  • The signs & patterns of behaviour that can provide warnings
  • Preventative strategies
  • Reponses to a crisis situation-the options, including how to manage an attempted Suicide
  • How to work with the person after the event and how to provide longer term support
  • Dealing with 'successful' Suicide, how it may impact on others and how to support those affected
  • The need to review and learn from the event
Training methods utilised take into account the learning needs of attendees as well as the sensitive nature of the subject and include:  Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises , Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts