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  • Responding to self-harm, including suicide attempts, in students: a guide to assist secondary schools


    ​Tier 3: Targeted support

    Program Description

    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.

    Detailed Cost

    ​Backfilling may be required for staff to attend training

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Implementation can be supported with SAFEMinds and Suicide Risk Continuum Training 

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    Intended Outcomes

    • 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.