Understanding Young Minds: Free Self-harm Training

This free course handles the subject of teenage self-harm and parental ways to support your children, in a sensitive and informational way.


About the Understanding Young Minds course

At Virtual College we have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.

Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with your children can be an uncomfortable experience.

This online course, ‘Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’, has been designed to provide you with a basic awareness of the subject to help you approach your children with confidence about the issue.

This course comes with a downloadable certificate and is crucial for anyone who works with vulnerable children, young people or adults.

This course will help you to

  • Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it.
  • Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour.
  • Understand on what ways you can support a young person who is self-harming.

This course will take approximately 30-45 minutes and is ideal for parents who are seeking knowledge about potential self-harm and how to talk to their children about this, or who are aware that their children are self-harming and are looking for support on dealing with this.

This course will also be of interest to professionals working with children but is not a replacement for a full training course; Find out more about professional training around self-harm with our full CPD approved online Self-harm training course.

Self Harm Course
Self harm awareness key information


Being able to identify and understand self-harm and its causes is crucial for anyone who works with vulnerable children young people or adults. This training will help learners to understand what to do if they suspect someone is potentially self-harming.

Mental health problems among children and young people to be on the rise, so self-harm awareness and an understanding of how to support young people who are at risk of self-harm is vital for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities.

This course covers types of self-harm, reasons for and indicators of someone self-harming, and how to identify and help someone who is harming themselves.