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Understanding Young Minds


This Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm course handles the subject of teenage self-harm and parental ways to support your children, in a sensitive and informational way.

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We have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.

Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with your children can be an uncomfortable experience.

This online course, ‘Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’, has been designed to provide you with a basic awareness of the subject to help you approach your children with confidence about the issue.

This course will be of interest to professionals working with children but is not a replacement for a full training course; Find out more about professional training around self-harm here.

Why take this course?

The content of this e-learning course includes:

  • An introduction to issues around self-harm.
  • Self-harm and emotional resilience: someone’s ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises.
  • Knowing what self-harm is and why young people might do it.
  • What does self-harm include?
  • The additional pressures of being a parent of a teenage child
  • What makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour?
  • Understanding ways to support a young person who is self-harming.
  • Methods of communication.
  • Practical hints and steps for improving communication.
  • Distractions from self-harm.
  • Myths and facts.
  • Dos and don’ts: what NOT to do.
  • Links to external resources.
  • A ‘safe space’ throughout the course if you need a break from the online content.
  • We do not show any distressing images.

Training outcomes

After taking this course, parents will:

  • Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it.
  • Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour.
  • Understand on what ways you can support a young person who is self-harming.


This course is accredited by CPD and a self-assessment record can be downloaded if required

Course duration

Approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. As an e-learning course you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.

Target audience

This course is ideal for parents who are seeking knowledge about potential self-harm and how to talk to their children about this, or who are aware that their children are self-harming and are looking for support on dealing with this.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Test and certificate

There is no test for this course.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion.



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