MHT03 – Self Harm and Suicide training

We provide the highest quality, evidence-based training self harm and suicide training to frontline support agencies, care providers and support advocates. This is delivered with care and attention to detail and dedicated to the safety and dignity of individuals at risk.

This course is designed to support organisations, and individuals, commonly working in the NHS / Crisis Team, social work / social care sector social housing or charity / advocate sectors. It offers a detailed, evidence-based insight to the science, psychology and psychiatry of self harm and suicide and supports delegates to better-identify and support individuals who are vulnerable to potential self harm. It is delivered by a psychaitry-qualified training consultant qualified in psychiatry through the NHS.

Suicide is one of the top three causes of death in people aged 10-44 years throughout the world. In the UK, suicide rates fell from a peak in the 1980s in men and women, but they have started to rise again in the past few years with the highest rates in men aged 30-59 years. Self harm is defined in most healthcare settings as any act of self poisoning or self injury irrespective of motivation but generally excludes habitual behaviours such as hair pulling and the consequences of excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs. Self harm is one of the five leading causes of hospital admission and is associated with a significantly increased risk of subsequent death, much of it by suicide.

Inevitably, suicidal and self-injurious behaviours are associated with psychiatric illness, or at least psychological vulnerability and should be addressed within this framework. Improving knowledge in an area of complex psychological science.

The science of self harm and suicide is a complex area that can challenge even the most seasoned professional. This workshop is designed to support individuals and organisations to better-understand this complex field, improve their general ability to recognise individuals at risk and to develop appropriate interactional skills to support and signpost where possible. The latest peer-reviewed research is blended into this training to ensure an appropriate evidence-based approach and this can be made available to all delegates.

The process of risk assessment is addressed with appropriate screening tools and participants will learn to fine-tune their ability to identify and support individuals at risk. This is a welcoming and articulate training course that embraces life’s experiences and our common vulnerabilities. Stigmatising language will be avoided in all cases.


The training will deliver the following learning outcomes:

  • This workshop offers a stepwise approach to developing a more comprehensive working model of self injury, self harm and suicide in order to inform risk assessment processes, appropriate interactions, signposting and escalation of concerns at times of potential crisis.
  • Science, statistics, terminology and risk factors for self harm and suicide;
  • An improved understanding of non-suicidal self injury (NSSI) and its relationship with self harm and suicide;
  • Understanding major depression, mood disorder and complex anxiety / trauma and their relationship with self harm and suicide;
  • Understanding suicide and self harm risk in psychosis and schizophrenia;
  • Understanding personality disorder in the spectrum of self harm and suicide and raising awareness to risk;
  • Stress-related mental health issues will also be considered alongside the above disorders to improve awareness of psychological vulnerability and inform risk assessment processes;
  • Risk assessment tools with appropriate training;
  • Recognising risks and emergencies and escalating concerns / communicating appropriately with key healthcare providers and emergency services;
  • Supporting individuals at risk for self injurious behaviours through validating interactions and environments;
  • Develop and implement crisis plans to support individuals at potential risk;

Given the sensitivities and complexities of this subject we recommend that you contact us directly by telephone for advice on content for this workshop. All training is tailored to your area of work. Advice and help is professional, free of charge and given without any obligation for your organisation to engage our services! Please ask for Simon.

Here’s an example overview of a typical training workshop (10 bullet points):

1 - To recognise what constitutes self-harm and better-understand the extent and range of self-harm and self-injurious behaviours;

2 - Understanding suicide risk. The statistics, risk factors, potential psychopathology, and potential warning signs.

3 - To better-understand the functions and reasons of self-harm / self-injurious behaviours, particularly its relationship with childhood attachment problems, neglect and abuse and better uunderstand the relationship between self-harm and the increased risk factors associated with suicidality;

4 - To develop a set of skills that support clients / patients, that helps to minimise harm and manage crisis more effectively. Supporting individuals at risk for self injurious behaviours through validating interactions and environments;

5 - To understand symptoms of personality disorder and the associated challenges;

6 - Understand the responsibilities of the health service and how to escalate your concerns to the statutory services. Understanding the factors that complicate emergency healthcare provisions / responses and service limitations

7 - Risk assessment skills and risk assessment screening tools with a key focus on supporting a vulnerable person in crisis;

8 - Communication and Interaction skills – working with and supporting individuals at risk. Increased confidence to talk about suicide in an open and sensitive manner;

9 - Delivered by a psychiatry-qualified consultant.

10 - Evidence-based training with access to a wide range of peer-reviewed articles associated with suicide science and access to free post-training support.

You can download an overview of this training here. This is the best place to start: Self Harm & Suicide Training Workshops

One day or longer workshops available. 15 participants per event.

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