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Self Harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention - Level 2

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This qualification is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of suicide and self-harm. The knowledge that 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.

Course Overview

You will be allocated an assessor who will guide, mentor and support you through the qualification.

The course consists of the following units:

Unit 1: Introduction to suicide and self-harm awareness

  • Understand what is meant by self-harm and suicide

  • Understand the triggers which might cause someone to self-harm or attempt suicide

  • Understand media and societal attitudes to self-harm and suicide

Unit 2: Recognising the signs of suicide and self-harm in individuals

  • Signs, thoughts, feelings and behaviour

  • Understand how to initially approach someone who may be self-harming or considering suicide

Unit 3: The principles of suicide and self-harm prevention

  • Understand the role of conversation in the prevention of self-harm and suicide

  • Understand the importance of family and friend support in the prevention of self-harm and suicide

  • Know support and treatment options available to individuals and families in relation to self-harm and suicide

Unit 4: Support for individuals when dealing with grief after suicide

  • Understand the role of suicide prevention campaigns

  • Understand the importance of encouraging healthy coping strategies

  • Understanding grief following suicide and the impact it can have on individuals

  • Understand the reach of grief following suicide

  • Understand the importance of support for those affected by grief following suicide

Progression Routes

This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities:

  • Mental Health Nurse

  • Support Worker

  • School Counsellor

  • Crisis Helpline Volunteer

Additional education opportunities include:

  • Adult Care Work Apprenticeship Level 3

  • Access to HE Level 3

  • Principles of Dementia Care Level 2

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems Level 2

Course Fees

This course costs FREE, including exam fees.

You may be eligible for free study if you are 23 or under and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 course. Alternatively, if you are unemployed, receiving an eligible benefit, and taking the course to help you find employment.

You may also be entitled to additional financial support including course materials, uniforms, and childcare expenses depending upon your individual circumstances. Read more about Financial Support for adults.

How to Apply

If you would like to enquire about or enrol onto this course, please click 'Enquire’ or ‘Enrol’ at the top of the page, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: B35876-C2A