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The course will acknowledge that supporting people in distress who demonstrate this behaviour is in itself difficult and distressing. It will improve your confidence in providing such support. The course will encourage reflection from participants who have their own relevant experiences of supporting people who self-harm or are suicidal and will also include discussion of other practice based case studies. However this course not assume any prior knowledge or experience of these issues.

Online learning

If you are interested in potentially running this topic through our live, interactive online in-house offer please contact James Cuming on 07375 042 815 or james.cuming@homelesslink.org.uk

Who is this course for?

All staff members, including managers, volunteers and carers who work with people who self-harm or are affected by the issues brought up by self-harm and suicide.

What will you learn?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Be able to identify what we mean by self –harm, self- injury and suicidal behaviour and common myths that surround these behaviours
    • Have an understanding of why people self- harm and attempt to kill themselves
    • Have a greater awareness of the incidence and profile of self-harming and suicidal behaviour
    • Understand the signs and signals of self-harming and suicidal behaviour
    • Understand the causes of, and risk factors for, self- harm and suicide
    • Be able to identify what may or may not be helpful staff responses to people who self–harm and express suicidal thoughts
    • Demonstrate a greater awareness of other sources of help


Face to face: One-day course
Online: Three 1.5 hour modules delivered over three dates 

Costs for one full-day face to face course or three 1.5 hour online modules

This course can be booked for a team of up to 16 for face to face training or up to 20 for online training 

Members face to face: £885 plus Trainer expenses
Members online: £885 - no Trainer expenses

Non-members face to face: £1,260 plus Trainer expenses
Non-members online: £1,260 - no Trainer expenses