Self-harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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


Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    8-12 weeks average course length

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Learning Method

    Online learning materials with online assessment

  • Awarding body


Overview of Awareness of Self-harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Qualification aims

The knowledge 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 units

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve the 4 mandatory units.

Introduction to suicide and self-harm awareness

Section 1: Understand what is meant by self-harm and suicide
Section 2: Understand the triggers which might cause someone to self-harm or attempt suicide
Section 3: Understand media and societal attitudes to self-harm and suicide

Recognising the signs of suicide and self-harm in individuals

Section 1: Signs, thoughts, feelings and behaviour
Section 2: Understand how to initially approach someone who may be self-harming or considering suicide

The principles of suicide and self-harm prevention

Section 1: Understand the role of conversation in the prevention of self-harm and suicide
Section 2: Understand the importance of family and friend support in the prevention of self-harm and suicide
Section 3: Know support and treatment options available to individuals and families in relation to self-harm and suicide

Support for individuals when dealing with grief after suicide

Section 1: Understand the role of suicide prevention campaigns
Section 2: Understand the importance of encouraging healthy coping strategies
Section 3: Understanding grief following suicide and the impact it can have on individuals
Section 4: Understand the reach of grief following suicide
Section 5: Understand the importance of support for those affected by grief following suicide

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Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

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Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.
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