17 May 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Supporting Women who Self-Harm in Forensic settings

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by Camden Mind

Supporting Women who Self-Harm in Forensic and Detention settings

FREE 1-DAY TRAINING – 10.00am – 4.00pm Thursday 17th May 2018

This course will provide a space for staff to explore ways of understanding and supporting women who self-harm in forensic and detention settings.

‘Women self-harm at a rate far higher than that of their male counterparts. In fact, they are around five times more likely to do so’ – HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016–17.

Self-harm is common, however, staff often struggle with wanting to help but not knowing what is best to do. Amongst others, the words ‘suicidal’, ‘attention-seeking’ and ‘risk’, can come to mind. Two ways of responding are to ignore it or to try to get the person to stop.

During the course, we shall reflect on the impact of working with self-harm whilst developing skills to work with the women we are supporting.

Topics covered include:

  • What is self-harm and why might women do it?
  • The relationship between self-harm, emotions & traumatic life events.
  • Ways of safely opening up conversations with women about self-harm.
  • Coping strategies for women who want to stop or reduce their self-harm.
  • Self-care strategies for staff.

This training is developed using personal experience and on the ground work with women in forensics and detention. It includes a mixture of slides, experiential discussions and activities to explore how best to work with self-harm.


This workshop is free for those who work with women in an Immigration Removal Centre, Prison or Forensic Unit (medium-high secure). We welcome enquiries from staff in all roles inclusive of officers and safer custody departments, mental health and healthcare teams.


To apply for a place on this training day, please fill out an Eventbrite application. We’ll then be in touch at a later date to confirm your booking.

For more information please email or visit:




Mind in Camden
Barnes House
9-15 Camden Road
London NW1 9LQ

E: jpons@mindincamden.org.uk / emundy@mindincamden.org.uk
T: 020 7911 0822

This workshop is funded by The Sir Halley Stewart Trust.

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17 May 2018
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