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 has published an online booklet providing guidance to looking after yourself and others Wellbeing and mental health during COVID-19this external link will open in a new window.  

Further information can be found below

Suicide Alertness Additional Informationthis external link will open in a new window

Additional Resourcethis external link will open in a new window

FREE Online Training 2023

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

This guidance aims to help you identify what to do, who to contact and where to get help when you have concerns about self-harm in children and young people.  Self-harm can occur in childhood but it becomes increasingly common from early adolescence; for this reason, this guidance uses the term 'young people' as shorthand.

Please see Guidance for professionals working with children and young people who self-harm (PDF)this external link will open in a new window

This guidance includes useful links to sources of best practice, advice, information and support.  Please refer to page 12 of the guidance.

About this guidance

This guidance has been developed by a multi-agency group consisting of Cumbrian GPs, teachers, early help practitioners, Child and Adolescent Mental health professionals, staff from acute hospitals, public health doctors and members of third sector organisations.  This group worked together over a period of months in response to feedback from local children and young people, their parents, professionals, and external inspections that had identified the need for a Cumbrian multi-agency pathway for self-harm.

The multi-agency pathway is an integral part of the whole system model to ensure the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.  The pathway development group reports to the Cumbria Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health of Children and Young People Partnership Group, itself accountable to the Cumbria Children's Trust Board.  It aims to be flexible and responsive to other work underway to implement the whole system model.  It will be piloted over the coming months, and reviewed initially at 6 monthly intervals as the system evolves.

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
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