A multi-agency partnership has been created to develop, co-ordinate and deliver self-harm training in Dumfries & Galloway and ensure a consistent delivery approach across all sectors.

Responding to self-harm is a national priority. In 2011, the Scottish Government published the report¬†identified “awareness raising and training key professional groups likely to encounter self-harm in the course of their work, such as nurses, teachers and social workers, as well as information for those engaged in self-harm and their family members and carers” as a priority action.

Therefore this group has now developed free training for cross-sectors aiming provide participants with:


  • An understanding of what self-harming behaviour is and the reasons for it
  • A recognition of the impact of self-harming behaviour on the person, their family and their carers
  • The ability to have non-judgemental conversations about self-harm, using active listening skills
  • An awareness of the importance of a recovery focused approach, when working with people who self-harm
  • The ability to provide information on alternative coping strategies and the positive impact of healthy life style behaviours
  • A knowledge of where to signpost people who self-harm for additional support
  • Additional references to consolidate and extend learning

The partnership is keen to develop capacity of other individuals or organisations to deliver the agreed training format that has been developed. A training for trainers has been arranged for Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September. Applications are now being sought from interested individuals.

Essential criteria for being considered include knowledge of mental health conditions, experience delivering training/teaching and awareness of a range of Scottish and local mental health services and organisations.

Click here for more information and to apply.