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New Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention in Adults module now available

Louise Garrahan, 10 September 2020

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2020) Health Education England elearning for healthcare has added a new elearning module on adult suicide and self-harm prevention to its MindEd programme.

The 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.

All sessions can be used in both workshop and individual learner settings. The case scenario skills building sessions have specific workshop and blended learning support materials including PDFs.

The programme comprises the following topics:

  • Self-harm
  • Making an assessment
  • Generic therapeutic consultation competencies.

The following three topics will launch later in 2020:

  • Assessment and formulation
  • Structured care and intervention
  • Postvention.

    The new adult module is available here:

    There are two existing modules also on suicide and self-harm to help teachers and others working with children and young people available here:

    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.
    For more information about MindEd visit:

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