Best training I have ever attended after 15 years of being on the job! Thank you! – Social Worker
The importance of self-harm awareness
1 in 10 young people are estimated to self-harm in any one year in the UK. With this statistic it is paramount that we have a better understanding as professionals as to what self-harm is, the functions of the behaviour and how best to support someone. Self-harm is often misunderstood or there is the perpetual fear from the professional of saying/doing the wrong thing and making the self-harm worse. Training increases confidence, understanding and knowledge of attendees by reducing fear and tackling the myths of self-harm.
Who is self-harm training for?
Self-harm awareness training is designed for all. Regardless of your professional role, you never know when you may come across self-harm. I have experience of delivering to numerous professional groups including teachers, parents, the Samaritans, nurses, doctors, psychiatric staff, residential support workers, school nurses, police officers and social workers.
Why should you have self-harm sessions in your school?
I just wanted to say how inspiring I found your talk last week. I really wanted to tell you how amazing it felt to hear someone talk about these issues in such a relatable and honest way. It helped me to see that I’m not weird or a freak, or less of a person – a Year 11 student
Self-harm is a difficult subject to deliver to students. Offer there is apprehension within the academic setting in broaching the subject for fear of saying the wrong thing or ‘giving young people the idea’. There are many reasons to have self-harm awareness training with staff in schools alongside PSHE sessions with pupils. In no way does having a session mean that the school has a ‘self-harm problem’. Instead it should be seen as a proactive approach to tackling a very current and relevant issue for young people.
I am highly experienced in delivering high quality, sensitive session to students from Year 5 (9-10 years old) through to university level. Pupil sessions are delivered sensitively with student led discussions around self-harm and how to manage emotional distress. Pupils regularly comment on how they appreciated the honesty of the session alongside the relevance and usefulness to them.