Suicide and Self Harm

Any child or young person who self-harms or expresses thoughts about this or about suicide must be taken seriously and appropriate help and intervention should be offered at the earliest point. Any practitioner, who is made aware that a child or young person has self-harmed, or is contemplating this or suicide, should talk with the child or young person without delay.

Young Minds, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have created a series of films and digital resource packs on self-harm. These have been created with the help of children and young people, parents and professionals - Young Minds

Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness Workshops : are delivered over a half day to those who have direct contact with children and young people who would like to feel more confident talking about self-harm and suicide and know where and how to help them seek further support.  The workshops are delivered across the County by Carlisle Eden Mind.

Every Life Matters FREE* online training 2024 available. To access any of the following courses please visit or email for further information

  • Suicide Alertness
  • Suicide Awareness
  • Safety Panning
  • Supporting Children's Mental Health
  • Self Harm Alertness
  • Understanding Suicide Bereavement
  • 2-Day Mental Health First Aid (*chargeable)
  • ASIST and ASK - Assessing Suicide in Kids (*chargeable)

This self-harm guidance is one of several measures being taken across the 'whole system' to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in Cumbria.  Workforce development is another key element.

The training programme that accompanies this guidance will include, at level one, the self-harm and risky behaviour module of the MindEd e-learning packagethis external link will open in a new window Please contact Michael Boaden for more information or dial 01228 543354 / 585012 (mobile 07474 801723)

Papyrus supports young people, parents/carers and professionals, to prevent young suicide.  The website provides useful resources and guidance including information on internet safety

Please also refer to the CSCP Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour procedure. 

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