Self Harm & Suicide Prevention - Support for Schools

Self Harm & Suicide Prevention - Support for Schools

The document Managing Self-Harm - Practical Guidance for Schools can be downloaded from this website.

This guidance aims to:

  • Increase understanding and awareness of self‐harm.
  • Alert staff to warning signs and risk factors associated with self‐harm.
  • Provide guidance for staff dealing with students who self‐harm.
  • Help senior leaders within schools consider how to support staff that have to deal with self‐harm, ensuring they can deal with the feelings self‐harm evokes.

The recommendation is that secondary schools read this guidance and ensure that all staff, including support staff, have an understanding of the contents.

Free Leaflets

Leaflets developed by the Cornwall Healthy Schools Programme with input and advice from Young People, for school staff, parents and young people are available to download.

Young People (A4 easy print version)Young People (pdf of print leaflet)
Parents & Carers (A4 easy print version)Parents & Carers (pdf of print leaflet)
School Staff (A4 easy print version)School Staff (pdf of print leaflet)

If you're looking for information / advice, there are links below to Dr Pooky Knightsmith's relevant blogs posts and videos on her self-harm topic page:

Self-harm & Suicide Prevention Training for schools. Please see our training page for details.


Mind's Understanding Self Harm booklet is for anyone who self-harms, and their friends and family. It explains what self-harm is, the reasons for it and how to go about making changes. It includes self-help ideas and information about other forms of support.

Young Minds

Young Minds' booklet Worried About Self Harm? aims to help you understand more about self-harm and to find support for yourself or someone you know.

Mental Health Foundation

The MHF's Truth About Self Harm booklet is based on the findings of the National Inquiry into Self-harm among young people. The booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.

LifeSIGNS - Self-Injury Guidance and Network Support

LifeSIGNS is a user-led small charity creating understanding about self-injury. They provide information about self-injury and support people as and when they choose to make changes in their lives.

Samaritans - Step by Step

Step by Step is a Samaritans service that provides practical support and guidance to help school and college communities prepare for, and recover from a suspected or attempted suicide.

Contact the Step by Step team by email or call 0808 168 2528*.

Self - Harm Awareness Campaign - Blaby Youth Council

A Self-Harm Awareness Campaign has been launched by the Youth Council in Blaby. They have produced 3 videos with students from Leicester College to help raise awareness and encourage people to speak out about self -harm.