Pupil mental health: self-harm and suicidal ideation

Download your ready-made resources here

This session is part of a set of training sessions on pupil mental health. We recommend you start with our session on deepening understanding of pupil mental health, then deliver the sessions on specific issues. The other specific issues we have training sessions on are:

Learning objectives

In this session, staff will learn:

  • What these issues are, and how they are separate, but linked
  • Why a child might self-harm or think about suicide
  • What potential signs to look out for, including signs that are distinct to these issues
  • How to talk to a pupil about self-harm or suicidal thoughts, without fear of saying the wrong thing

What's in this training session?

Developed with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, this training session includes:

  • A ready-to-deliver PowerPoint presentation you can adapt to suit your school
  • Step-by-step facilitator notes
  • Activities to help staff put what they're learning into practice and encourage group discussion
  • Video and voiceover to share real-life experience and model good practice
  • Staff factsheets with key points on each issue for staff to refer back to 
  • Answers to common questions, to help you prepare for questions your staff may have 
  • Guidance on how to deliver this session remotely, should you need to