Level 2 Certificate in Self-harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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This qualification is aimed at learners seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of suicide and self-harm. The knowledge your learners 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.


This course is split into four manageable units:

Unit 1: 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

Unit 2: 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

Unit 3: 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

Unit 4: 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

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learners will gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • This course is delivered via distance learning, allowing learners to choose when and where they study
  • Study will enhance both their personal skills and professional development
  • Personal Tutors are assigned to learners to ensure that they have the support needed to succeed.

Key Information

Funding Fully Funded
(Subject to availability)
Course Length 8-12 weeks
average course length
Awarding Body TQUK
Learning Method(s)

Online learning
materials with
online assessment




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