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! 

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