Tier 3: Targeted support
The guidelines, developed in partnership with headspace, assist school staff following an attempted suicide or an incident of self-harm.
They support schools to recognise an instance of self-harm, respond to students’ immediate needs and ensure their safety and the safety of peers surrounding them.
An evidence-informed and timely response to supporting students who have engaged, or continue to engage, in self-harming behaviours in response to psychological distress offers the opportunity to disrupt the cycle of self-harm, alleviate distress and reduce potential ongoing mental health and wellbeing difficulties in the future.
Tools, templates, scripts and factsheets and a one-page overview are provided.
Backfilling may be required for staff to attend training
Implementation can be supported with SAFEMinds and Suicide Risk Continuum Training
Strength of Evidence
• Increased educator knowledge and understanding of self-harm and attempted suicide
• Increased capacity to recognise and respond to instances of self-harm and attempted suicide
• Enhanced response to student’s immediate needs to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them
• Restored wellbeing.