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Course overview

This qualification is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of suicide and self-harm. The knowledge individuals will gain is not sector-specific but can be applied to a broad range of personal and professional situations.

Individuals who may find this self-harm training course useful to their professional life include: Teachers, Mental Health Workers, Crisis Helpline Volunteers, Support Workers, individuals in a safeguarding role, parents or guardians, and others working with individuals who may be at increased risk of self-harm or suicide.

Unit 1: Introduction to Suicide and Self-harm Awareness

Section 1: Understand what is meant by self-harm and suicide

Section 2: Understand the triggers which might cause someone to self-harm or attempt suicide

Section 3: Understand media and societal attitudes to self-harm and suicide

Unit 2: Recognising the Signs of Suicide and Self-harm in Individuals

Section 1: Signs, thoughts, feelings and behaviour

Section 2: Understand how to initially approach someone who may be self-harming or considering suicide

Unit 3: The Principles of Suicide and Self-harm Prevention

Section 1: Understand the role of conversation in the prevention of self-harm and suicide

Section 2: Understand the importance of family and friend support in the prevention of self-harm and suicide

Section 3: Know support and treatment options available to individuals and families in relation to self-harm and suicide

Unit 4: Support for Individuals when Dealing with Grief after Suicide

Section 1: Understand the role of suicide prevention campaigns

Section 2: Understand the importance of encouraging healthy coping strategies

Section 3: Understanding grief following suicide and the impact it can have on individuals

Section 4: Understand the reach of grief following suicide

Section 5: Understand the importance of support for those affected by grief following suicide

Course structure

This course will be delivered online, as part of your online learning programme, you will be provided with all of the support required to ensure your learning is successful. You will be assigned an Online Learning Marker who will review your assessments and feedback to you on an ongoing basis. In addition we have an Online Learning Team who can support in all aspects of your learning journey. You will also have access to high-quality learning materials that offer all of the information required to be successful.

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, you will need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning.

Course fees

Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study these courses for free, however, please contact us if you’re aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full Level 2 qualification (five GCSEs grade 9-4/A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however, learners should have a minimum of level one in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.


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