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Last updated: 01.01.16

Virtual College online course addresses rise in self-harm in young people

Online training specialist, Virtual College, has created a new course "Self-harm and suicidal thoughts in children and young people" for professionals who come into contact with children or young people.

Ilkley The NHS reports that over half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm.

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It is usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. The intention is often to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Self-harm can also be a cry for help.

Self-harm in young people is more common than many people realise. It is estimated around 10% of young people self-harm at some point. This figure is also likely to be an underestimate, as not everyone seeks help.

Recent research also shows that there has been a threefold increase in the numbers of young people that self-harm in the last 10 years.

So, how can we help professionals identify the warning signs, risk factors and actions to take should they suspect a child or young person is self-harming or having suicidal thoughts?

Online training specialist, Virtual College, has created a new course for professionals who come into contact with children or young people.

'Self-harm and suicidal thoughts in children and young people' is an online course developed with subject specialists from Safe in Tees Valley, East Riding Safeguarding Children Board and Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board.

"It is essential that all professionals are more aware of the warning signs and know the appropriate action to take should they suspect a child or young person is at risk," said Judith Clarkson, Divisional Director of Virtual College.

The content of the course supplies the relevant information whilst using interactive work-based scenarios to encourage professionals to consider how they would apply this information in their everyday life.

To find out more about this online course click here.

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