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