Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
This qualification is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of suicide and self-harm. The aim is to raise your awareness of the triggers which might cause someone to self-harm or attempt suicide, including the media and societal attitudes to self-harm and suicide. You will gain an awareness of the Signs, thoughts, feelings and behaviours involved and how to initially approach someone who may be self-harming or considering suicide.
This qualification is also aimed at addressing the role of conversation in the prevention of self-harm and suicide and the importance of family and friend support in the prevention of self-harm and suicide. You will also Know support and treatment options available to individuals and families in relation to self-harm and suicide, including understanding the importance of encouraging healthy coping strategies.
Who is the course suitable for?
It’s designed specifically for adult learners. 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 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.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at a place convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessment is based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme. Learners should complete the course within 8 weeks.
The course consists of four modules.
ASSESSMENT: 1 – INTRODUCTION TO SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM AWARENESS
ASSESSMENT: 2 – RECOGNISING THE SIGNS OF SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM IN INDIVIDUALS
ASSESSMENT: 3 – THE PRINCIPLES OF SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM PREVENTION
ASSESSMENT: 4 – SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHEN DEALING WITH GRIEF AFTER SUICIDE
By undertaking this programme, candidates will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects, or progress on to further qualifications such as courses in Safeguarding & Prevent, Equality & Diversity Information, Advice & Guidance.