The Medical Guide to Suicide Prevention (half-day course)

CPD for Teachers

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About this course

  • Have you wondered why children and young people experience ideas of suicide and self-harm?
  • Would you like to know how to speak to a young person experiencing self-harm/suicidal thoughts?
  • Do you want strategies to take back to the classroom to help manage self-harm/suicidal ideation in children and young people?

To many professionals, parents, and young people self-harm and suicide are highly-sensitive subjects. Misunderstandings and stigma mean we, as teachers, are often uncertain and worried about the best ways to help and support young people who self-harm and have suicidal ideation.

This course will help you to understand self-harm and develop practical strategies to boost children and young people’s resilience, enabling you to provide effective support for people who need help. Self-harm can be a precursor to suicide, which is why both topics are covered in this course.

Course Outcomes:

  • Understand the common myths surrounding self-harm and suicide
  • Be able to assess, minimise, and manage risks more effectively and explore alternatives to self-harm and suicide
  • Help develop the resilience of people vulnerable to self-harm using proven strategies and be aware of the service that are there to support you
  • Understand and reflect on your own feelings about self-harm and suicide, and how they influence your practice


Full Course Content

Course Outline:

Session 1: Setting the context

Myths and stigma associated with self harm and suicide

Different types of self-harm: their causes and effects

The main ‘drivers’ behind the mindset of self-harmers and potential suicide choosers

How to open up the communication channels


Session 2: Risk and protective factors

Factors that can lead to and prevent the development of self-harm and suicidal thoughts in children and young people

How bullying affects mental health-self harm and suicidal thoughts

A deep look at ‘bullying’, ‘banter’ and ‘motivation’


Session 3: Interventions

Medically sound self-harm and suicide risk assessment tools

The culture inside and outside school

Informing parents, helping pupils and upskilling staff, and creating a school link between all of these parts

Introducing a whole-school policy and practice that can work