We are very pleased to announce that the Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury course has now launched!
Background on the course:
This is a 4-hour face-to-face course which gives participants an opportunity to learn how to help someone who is engaging in self-injury.
• Why people engage in self-injury
• How to talk to someone about their self-injury
• How to help the person stay safe
• How to connect someone to appropriate
• How to assess for suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
The development of this course has been funded through the Australian Government Department of Health,
Suicide Prevention & Leadership Support Program.
More information on non-suicidal self-injury
According to an Australian national survey, 8.1% of people will engage in non-suicidal self-injury at some point in their lives.
Although it can occur at any age, self-injury is most common in adolescents and young adults. About 5% of 10 - 17-year-olds
and 75 of 18-24-year-olds have deliberately hurt themselves in the past year.
Louise Kelly, Specialised Programs Manager for Mental Health First Aid Australia says "non-suicidal self-injury is a prevalent
problem in our communities. Many of us have loved ones or work with people who engage in non-suicidal self-injury as a
way of managing their emotional pain or to punish themselves."
"This new training course can help in a number of ways. First and foremost, it helps people develop the skills to have a
conversation with someone about their self-injury. It helps them know what to say and what to do to help someone
they care about."
"This is a first aid course, so just like taking a course in CPR doesn't make you a paramedic, this course doesn't make
you a counsellor or expert. It gives you the relevant tools to help someone stay safe and to facilitate professional
help - even when the person may be reluctant to seek help."