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13 Feb
Self-harm: understanding and responding
13 Feb 2019 - 13 Feb 2019

Self-harm: understanding and responding

February 13, 2019


Why should you attend?

This seminar aims to increase understanding and reduce uncertainty and stigma around self-harm, enabling delegates to provide the best care to any students in their care that may be self-harming. At a time where 4-6% of the general population are estimated to have self-harmed and yet two in three teachers/parents fear saying the ‘wrong’ thing about self-harm, the need to address this subject and increase awareness is clear.


  • Prevalence
  • Definition
  • Triggers
  • Functions
  • Language use
  • Self-harm versus suicide
  • Responses.



10:00               Refreshments available

10:30               Welcome & Introductions

10:35               Understanding self-harm

            (stats, triggers, functions)

11:30               Coffee

11:45               Understanding self-harm


12:45               Lunch

13:30               Responding to self-harm

(spotting the signs, how to broach suspected self-harm, language use, alternative coping strategies)

14:30               Tea

14:45               Responding to self-harm


15:30                Finish 



Speaker: Satveer Nijjar

Satveer has had a passion for reducing stigma around mental health since she herself became affected. Her experiences as a patient and more recently as a parent of a child with mental illness have helped shape her career. Her focus is upon improving understanding of and responding to self-harm behaviours as this is often a very taboo topic within mental health sessions.

After beginning with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2006 on the Better Services for People Who Self-harm Project she was quickly supported in providing her own lived experience at conferences and then within training courses.

In 2012 she graduated with a First-Class Honours in Psychology, winning the Bernice McAuley Memorial Prize for her dissertation on self-harm and the role of culture. From this point her focus became on the creation and delivery of sessions on self-harm awareness.

Over the last 6 years she has successfully setup her business named ‘Attention Seekers Training’. Through the business she delivers her own CPD Accredited Self-harm Awareness course nationally alongside PSHE/PDC student sessions, parent awareness sessions, conference talks and workshops. Though the majority of her deliveries are for school based staff and students, she also delivers to housing staff, doctors, nurses, social workers among others. The sessions are consistently met with excellent feedback with specific comments referring to the delivery style, relevance and enjoyability of the course.

The key for Satveer is combining lived experience and academics to provide robust sessions that remove the taboo of self-harm and suicide to not only increase the confidence of professionals in providing support but also for those who self-harm to feel empowered to seek support.


Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Venue: Uppingham School, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9QE


Uppingham School, Uppingham School, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9QE, United Kingdom