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MHFA India’s suicide prevention course is a half day programme to teach you practical skills to improve your confidence to provide mental health first aid to someone who is engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).
What does the course teach me?
Self-injury is a negative coping shown by people who are in distress and people who engage in NSSI are at a higher risk for suicide. The webinar will teach you the different causes for people to engage in NSSI, different methods in which a person might engage in NSSI, consequences of NSSI and first aid techniques to apply to a person who engages in NSSI. The course builds you practical skills to approach people who engage in NSSI with confidence, have a non-judgmental conversation, give them reassurance, and encourage them to get professional help.
In what format is the course taught?
The course is taught as half a day course, face to face or webinar.
Who can attend this course?
Any adult can attend this course.
What topics are discussed in the course?
The main topics of discussion are:

  • Why people engage in self-injury
  • How to talk to someone about their self-injury
  • How to help the person stay safe
  • How to connect someone to appropriate professional help
  • How to asses for suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Why should I attend this course?
Scientific evidence suggest prevalence of self-injury may be high in India . As self-injury acts as a gateway for suicidal ideation, it is important to identify the early signs and get professional help to the person. As many people lack practical skills to approach, talk and help the persons who engage in self-injury, it is important to learn these skills for those who wish to help others.

Eligibility Criteria

This course is adapted from the current Indian 4th Edittion Standard Face-to-Face Mental Health First Aid Course for adults. Course specific content, health system information and resources related to the provision of Mental Health First Aid within India.
Course participants are required to be Indian residents and over the age of 18.