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Introduction to Understanding Suicide (1/2 Day AM)

Suicidal distress is a complex phenomenon that exists along a continuum ranging from feelings and thoughts of death, through to active planning and suicidal acts that can end life. This introductory half-day course, aimed toward staff and managers who may support suicidal people and will raise awareness of the causes and risk factors for suicide, possible early warning signs to look out for, how to talk with a suicidal person in a supportive way, how to make a brief assessment of risk and decide on a course of action. The support needs of staff and others who may be affected by suicide will also be addressed.

· What is meant by suicidal behaviour?
· A continuum of suicidal distress
· What is parasuicide?
· Suicide trends and some statistics
· Risk factors for suicide
· Some of the possible causes of suicidal distress
· Basic principles for supporting a suicidal person
· What is the best way to communicate with someone who is suicidal?
· Common concerns when talking to suicidal people
· Useful questions to ask
· How to make a brief assessment of risk?
· How to decide on a plan of action?
· The importance of joint working and information sharing
· The support needs of those affected by suicide including staff

Introduction to Understanding Self-Harm (1/2 Day PM)

Self-harm is a relatively common phenomenon, especially amongst young people. In most cases, self-harm begun in childhood or adolescence and has resolved by early adulthood. However, for some self-harm continues into adulthood and becomes a complex and problematic response to distress which is difficult for the person and their supporters to manage. This introductory ½ day course for support staff and managers will explore some common causes and functions of self-harm, the impact of our responses on self-harming people, how risk can be assessed and managed and will review a range of support approaches for assisting the self-harming person in a safe, professional and person-centred way.

· What is self-harm and what are the different forms it can take?
· Who is at risk of self-harm?
· Why do people self-harm?
· Is self-harm a psychiatric diagnosis?
· What is the relationship with other mental health problems?
· What is the cycle of self-harm?
· The importance of our responses to the self-harming person
· Brief review of treatment pathways, NICE guidelines and recommended therapies for self-harm
· Assessing risk in self-harm
· How can we tailor our support approach to meet the needs of the individual?
· What are the self-care options?
· What is 'contingency management' and might it help?
· What is validation and why is it important?
· What if the person wants to stop self-harming but is struggling to do so?
· What if the person is ambivalent about self-harm?
· What if the person doesn't want to stop or feels they cannot cope without