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Supporting Young People Through Self-Harm: A Skills Workshop

What is Supporting Young People through Self-Harm: A Skills Workshop?

A one day knowledge and skills workshop that prepares participants to identify and support young people who self-harm.

What happens?

Participants will take part in an active learning workshop which enables them to:

  • Gain an understanding of the abstract nature of self-harm.
  • Gain an awareness of helpful and unhelpful language to use when talking about self-harm with young people.
  • Develop increased confidence and ability to effectively listen to and support a young person who self-harms. 
  • Gain an increased understanding of the relationship between self-harm and suicide.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at all professionals who support or work with young people up to the age of 35.

How does ‘Supporting Young People who Self-Harm: A Skills Workshop’ help to prevent suicide? 

  • Over half of young people experiencing thoughts of suicide, have a history of/currently self-harm. Participants will learn about the relationship between self-harm and suicide and the necessity to ask about suicide where self-harm has been/is present.
  • Relationships are the foundation of suicide prevention. Through effective responses and interventions following self-harm, young people can develop a trustworthy relationship with professionals who support them.
  • Developing positive relationships with young people increases the likelihood of young people reaching out for help and support, or turning to an alternative coping behaviour before acting on a thought of self-harm.

After training, participants will:

  • Have a greater awareness of the abstract nature of self-harm, including reasons why young people self-harm, what forms this can take, how young people feel it can help them cope and how and why this can be connected to thoughts of suicide.
  • Have the skills and confidence to effectively respond and support a young person who self-harms.
  • Have a greater knowledge of young people and thoughts of suicide.
  • Have the skills and confidence to effectively respond and support a young person at risk of suicide.
  • Contribute to the prevention of suicide by supporting young people with alternative or additional coping methods.
  • Understand what sources of support are available both internally and externally to their organisation.

Here is some of the feedback we have received from recent participants:

“I really enjoyed this day - felt that I learned lots and was given clear guidance around dealing with issues that were previously “grey areas”, such as whether/how to question people about suicidal thoughts”

“I feel like I have a good supply of useful information and strategies to share with the young people I work with”

“Essential training for professionals who work with vulnerable young people”

“I feel a lot more confident talking about self-harm with students now. The training has really helped me gain knowledge and confidence”


PAPYRUS is now taking organisational bookings for this training for October 2017.


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