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New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Louise Garrahan, 11 February 2021

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has added a new elearning session to its adult Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module within the MindEd programme.

In the session – Postvention Support for Staff and Organisational Response – learners will gain an understanding of the impact of bereavement by suicide on family, colleagues and friends, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, by following the story of two people affected by a suicide. The session explains how effective and timely support after a suspected death by suicide can reduce the distress experienced by people affected, and how colleagues can support those affected by suicide on their return to work.

The Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is free to access, offers guidance and advice to anyone who is directly involved with caring for or in contact with those who have suicidal ideas, with or without self-harm, or those who self-harm, with or without current suicidal ideas. This could include health and care professionals, parents, carers and teachers.

It is designed to support learners with knowledge-oriented sessions to help identify the dos and don’ts in these difficult situations – such as remaining calm and compassionate when reacting to self-harm or suicide attempts – and skills building sessions which equip them with the skills to act.

The latest session complements 3 existing sessions on self-harm, making an assessment and therapeutic consultation competencies.

A further 2 sessions on assessment and formulation and structured care and intervention including safety planning will be available soon.

For more information and to access the session, visit the Postvention Support for Staff and Organisational Response session.

There are 2 existing modules also on suicide and self-harm to help teachers and others working with children and young people available on the MindEd Suicide and Self-harm Prevention programme page.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.
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