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SSHP, Skills for Adults

Aims and target audience

This programme focusses on self harm and suicide prevention in adults. The MindEd adult SSHP offers knowledge oriented sessions and skills building scenarios to help you know the do’s and don’ts in these difficult situations. All sessions can be used in workshop settings as well as single learner settings. The case scenario skills building sessions have specific workshop and blended learning support materials including PDFs.

HEE’s MindEd is part of the National Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention programme (SSHP) which aims to help everyone involved including front line staff in adult settings, care and services, first responders, teachers, social workers, volunteers and parents understand better how to approach all ages from children and young people through to adults, in such situations.

There is a separate programme to help teachers and others working with children and young people with similar difficulties: please select here

Learning outcomes

This course will support you in building knowledge and skills around suicide and self-harm in adults. The course is designed for anyone, including health and social care professionals, education professionals, parents and carers, who want to develop their understanding in this area.

This course will help you to:

  • Define self-harm and outline what suicidal thoughts and behaviours are
  • Identify patterns of self-harm in different adult populations
  • Recognise common risks and protective factors for self-harming behaviours
  • Identify where appropriate interventions can help in care pathways for people who self-harm
  • Understand how to take care of yourself when dealing with someone who is self-harming or suicidal
  • Recognise the underlying mental health conditions that can predispose people to self-harm
  • Know the nature and importance of a therapeutic alliance
  • Know the appropriate:
  • Monitoring measures to consider
  • Service options that are available
  • Treatment options available
  • Recognise the emotional content of sessions
  • Explain the ending of treatment and care

Delivery methods and styles

The MindEd SSHP onlinelearning content  is designed so that all sessions can be used by individual learners as well as in small-group workshop settings, enabling users to learn from each other through discussion and observation.

The knowledge sessions can be used individually or in a group learning context, and focus on supporting knowledge development. They are divided into Introductory learning, Detailed learning, the Healthy Child framework taking a child health perspective, and Minded for Families material developed for parents, families and carers.

Knowledge and skills required of the trainers

HEE MindEd’s elearning sessions are written by experts in the field, always with the help of experts by experience (EBE), who have lived experience of the issues covered.

Involvement of people with lived experience

MindEd’s eLearning sessions are written by experts in the field, always with the help of Experts by Experience (EBE), who have lived experience of the issues covered. EBE input is imperative and they are involved throughout the MindEd elearning development process, engaging in discussions with clinical experts, providing input into written content and often being present at filming for the case studies.

Assessment, CPD credits, certification

HEE MindEd’s SSHP course is open access and free to use.

Throughout the course, there are quizzes which help learners to evaluate their understanding of the content.

It is not mandatory to do so, but you can register to keep track of your learning and download certificates for CPD purposes.

Last Updated November 24, 2022

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