Self-Harm & Self-Injury

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Coping without cutting

Walk into any secondary school and you can be confident that there are young people who self-harm. Research suggests that around 1 in 10 young people will self-harm at least once. That equates to 2-3 students per classroom.

KIP Education’s self-harm & self-injury workshops help young people to reflect on their relationship with themselves; understanding self-care and healthy coping mechanisms, helping schools and youth organisations to proactively ensure the safety of their young people.

Through discussion, role-play, analysing examples, watching videos and completing activities, young people will learn about resilience, mindfulness and communication. They will explore how the image they have of themselves often misrepresents reality and learn where to find support.

Young people who self-harm are more likely to experience mental health difficulties; including anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.​

Learning Outcomes

  • Healthy ways to manage difficult feelings or challenging circumstances
  • Explore the concept of unhealthy coping strategies, including self-harm and self-injury

  • Young people will recognise that comparing people and things by the way they look is human nature but explore how these comparisons can be harmful

  • Young people develop respect for their own individuality and the diversity they see around them, gaining skills and confidence to be the best version of themselves

  • Young people will consider the role they can personally play in challenging appearance pressures, committing to actions that champion self-care in themselves and other

  • Why, when and how to access support for ourselves or others

Self-harm often indicates extreme stress, inability to cope and most certainly a “cry for help”....​

The program includes:

  • Understanding and exploring emotional well being and resilience

  • Awareness of the negative influences that put an individual at greater risk of eating disorders and other types of self-harm / self-injury (i.e. cutting)

  • Extend understanding of the dynamics underlying self-injury.

  • Explore alternative coping strategies.

  • Develop insight into personal relationships with self-injury.

  • Suggested proactive techniques and a discussion on how to reach out for help, or offer help.

Our self-harm & self-injury workshops for schools and youth organisations are an opportunity for  young people to show their commitment to promoting acceptance and celebrating diversity.

“KIP Education engaged fantastically with our young people, offering them lots of solutions which were welcomed as were the discussion points.

Thorough in research and preparation, the content was really well adapted for the school’s/year group’s needs.”

Maria Merrigan
Francis Holland School


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