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Conversations About Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) Course

The Mental Health First Aid Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) course is for any interested adult. Learn how to assist someone who is engaging in self-injury.

The term ‘non-suicidal self-injury’ (NSSI) describes a behaviour where a person deliberately or purposefully hurts themselves. It is used to refer to self-injury that is not intended to result in death.

In this course you will learn how to assist a person who is engaging in self-injury. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Format: This is a 4-hour face-to-face workshop.

Who Should Attend this Course?

  • Any adult wanting to become more comfortable talking about suicide and suicidal thoughts.

  • Parents and Carers

  • University Staff

  • School Teachers

  • Human Resource Staff

  • Administration and Support Staff

  • Sports Coaches

  • Community Leaders

  • Youth Workers

  • Council Workers

  • The General Community

Learning Outcomes:

This course gives participants an opportunity to learn how to help someone who is engaging in self-injury.


The MHFA Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury course is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or a support group. It is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it. Specific postvention support services can be found at the beyondblue website.

The course will teach you how to:

  • Why people will engage in self-injury

  • How to talk about someone about their self-injury

  • How to help the person stay safe

  • How to connect someone with appropriate professional help

  • How to assess for suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Why do this Course?

Suicide has long been a taboo topic, and has a lot of stigma surrounding the topic. For this reason people find the subject of suicide uncomfortable and difficult to discuss. For most, simply saying 'suicide' out loud feels uncomfortable. The course equips adults with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal thinking and behaviours, and also practise having conversation about suicide and how to ask someone if they are having thoughts about suicide..

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided over time.

Providing Mental Health First Aid training can help whole communities to:

  • Intervene Early - Recognise the warning signs of mental health problems in young people

  • Provide Skills - Provide the skills needed to speak openly and accurately about mental health

  • Respond in a Crisis - Respond in crisis situations where a young person may be at risk of harm

  • Reduce Stigma - Reduce stigma and increase support for young people with mental health problems

For More Information or To Book a Course:


Please contact:

Dr Jess Siegle (PhD, MCAP)

Empowered Mind and Body

0493 613 883

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