Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviours: Responding to Young People

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

This course aims to provide “real world” strategies to engage and support young people with high-risk behaviours, those who self-harm and/or are suicidal. This course is aimed at anyone who works with, or has contact with, people who self-harm and/or have high-risk behaviours, placing themselves or others at risk.

Participants will learn about:

  • What is Self-Harm?
  • Why some people use self-harm as a "coping strategy"
  • Self-harming and suicidal behaviours – how these develop, individual and environmental factors
  • The role of trauma, adverse life experiences and mental health issues in the development of high-risk behaviours
  • Is self-harm “Attention Seeking” or “Attention Needing”?
  • Can self-harming be “addictive”? Is there a “contagion effect”?
  • What is the significance of “new” diagnosis of NSSI - ‘Non Suicidal Self Injury’ in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (“DSM V”)?
  • What leads to Suicidal behaviour?
  • Recognising the warning signs, how to respond appropriately and how to assess risk when a person is at risk of significant harm
  • Effective ways to respond to people who self-harm and/or who are suicidal
  • How to use harm minimisation, motivational interviewing and other strategies to help those who self-harm
  • When to refer on, when to report or make a notification – Mandatory Reporting
  • Professionalism, ethics and confidentiality with high-risk behaviours
  • Worker self care, boundaries, debriefing and supervision

Participants will also learn how to recognise mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, will explore available treatment options and learn about when/where/how to refer on for professional help. Using case studies and examples, participants will learn strategies for responding to and supporting young people with high-risk behaviours and will learn ways to reduce risk and promote help-seeking behaviours.

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with young people