Understanding Self-Injury Training

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This is a half-day (3.5 hours) education and awareness workshop. It is informal in style with an emphasis on experiential learning and participation. The course can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups.

Who is it for?

Anyone involved in supporting someone who self-injures, including health professionals, support workers, housing staff, teachers, youth workers and volunteers.

What are the course aims?

  • To explore attitudes and preconceptions toward self-injury.
  • To provide insight into the dynamics, meaning and functions of self-injury.
  • To understand causes, triggers and cycles of harm.
  • To consider helpful responses to people who self-injure.

What are the teaching methods?

The session combines various teaching methods, including:

  • Presentation.
  • Discussion.
  • An experiential exercise.
  • Small group and pair work.
  • Whole group discussion.

What are the training outcomes?

On completing the course, each participant will be able to:

  • Extend their understanding of the dynamics underlying self-injury.
  • Identify helpful and unhelpful responses to people who self-injure.
  • Explore alternative coping strategies.
  • Develop insight into personal relationships with self-injury.

Additionally, each participant will receive a certificate plus an emailed resource pack with further learning materials and information.

An Understanding Self Injury participant says...

"The course has made me aware of reasons behind self-injury, made me more sensitive to clients and more confident to support them. It will definitely improve my practice."


  Individual place
Standard price £68.00
Voluntary sector organisation or
smaller* organisation (any sector)
Funded place (Brighton & Hove - check eligibility) £0.00
* smaller means less than 50 paid staff.

Make a booking - Individual place

We regularly run training courses in Brighton & Hove that anyone can book onto. Please check our list of upcoming courses and make a booking by clicking the Eventbrite link below. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit card, cheque or invoice.

Check for places and make a booking at EventBrite

Make a booking - Whole course

This is a cost-effective way of training between 8 and 20 people in your own venue. Two trainers deliver the Understanding Self-Injury session, which lasts 3.5 hours with two short breaks. Please contact us at training@prevent-suicide.org.uk for a quote, available dates or more information.

Latest News!

19 January 2018

Free places on LGBT suicideTALK workshop

As part of LGBT HISTORY MONTH & The B Right On LGBT Community Festival

suicideTALK: A one-hour exploration and awareness-raising session suitable for all individuals and groups within communities. If you are concerned about suicide in your community this training can help you talk about one of the most taboo subjects in the world today.

If you work face to face with members of the LGBT community then SuicideTalk is for you. Grassroots Suicide Prevention, LGBT Switchboard, MindOut and the LGBT Community Safety Forum are working together to ensure that those working in the LGBT community are trained in having conversations about suicide.


15 January 2018

1st Credit announces suicide prevention partnership with Grassroots

Ethical debt purchaser and credit management firm 1st Credit is to partner suicide prevention charity Grassroots in 2018 in a bid to improve the experiences of vulnerable customers.

With Grassroots as its chosen charity for 2018, 1st Credit, part of global credit management group Intrum, will train its own staff in suicide prevention as well as raising money and helping the charity increase its reach across the financial services sector.


10 January 2018

A year with Grassroots - looking back at 2017's highlights

This year we have trained over 1,000 people in Suicide alertness and Suicide prevention, we have reached over 37,000 downloads of our #StayAlive app (still counting), and so far more than 2,500 people have taken our “Tell Me” suicide prevention pledge.

Read more on our blog...

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Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
Available on the App Store
Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."
National Suicide Prevention Alliance Member

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives