The importance of training…in relation to responding effectively to self harm and suicidality

How often have you found yourself saying these following statements, or heard someone saying them, in relation to training opportunities…

“Too busy!”
“Not enough time!”
“Not my responsibility!”

Dr. Eoin Galavan the Senior Clinical and Counselling Psychologist in the HSE, North Dublin Adult Mental Health Services was speaking about this very point at yesterday’s conference in Nottingham University.

Dr. Galavan works with suicidal individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds on a daily basis and he made many interesting and vital points about how to support self harm and suicidality effectively. However, one important point he made was the significance of training.

Many recommendations highlight how essential it is that everyone is trained appropriately to be able to respond and support individuals in distress. As a trainer myself I spend most of my days promoting this very message! However, continually you will find the same rebuffs, “I’m too busy…I don’t have the time…it’s not relevant to what I do.” So my message today is simply this…

To improve email training@harmless.org.uk

At Harmless we offer bespoke training to meet your needs so you can have fewer squares and more circles! 

The importance of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team attending national self harm and suicide conferences

Earlier in the year, members of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team attended a conference  at The University of Nottingham. The day, which highlighted the challenges of tackling self-harm & suicide in school age children & young people, included a talk and workshop delivered  by our very own Caroline Harroe.

The day also included other keynote speakers, notably Professor Ella Arensman and Professor Rory O’Connor. Naomi Stewart explains the benefits of our team attending such events…

‘As a Counsellor and Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Worker the above conference has developed my understanding of the increased propensity towards self harm and suicide within communities. The focus of this workshop was to define the process by which completed suicides increases the likelihood of further suicides within that social group.

My work practice has been influenced positively in the following ways:

  • Increased dissemination of information relating to suicide and self harm within general public and professional settings.
  • Promotion of health recovery within organisations and the community and in so doing work towards preventing further suicides.
  • Holding a commitment to long term interventions that address the emotional and psychological impact of suicide
  • Continually developing my awareness of information which identifies social factors of risk within schools and local communities.’

Attending conferences is not just about promoting Harmless and Tomorrow Project work, it also gives our staff important CPD opportunities to develop their work and practice.