What is the course about?
The course aims to explore the prevalence of self-harming behaviours among UK women, why women self harm and associated mental health needs, what methods they use to self harm and what support is available for those who self ham.
What will we cover?
• What is self harm? - exploring the methods women use to self harm
• The prevalence of self-harming behaviours in women
• Why do women self harm?
• What links are there between certain mental health diagnosis and self harm?
• How can we support women who self harm?
• What services are there for women who self harm and their supporters?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Define the term “self-harm”
• Identify various self-harming behaviours.
• Describe key reasons why women self-harm
• Describe how to support someone who is self-harming.
• Identify key agencies/services to support women who self harm.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior experience or knowledge is required. Talking about self-harm is likely to be emotive, especially for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Though all are welcome and encouraged to engage with the class this is not a therapeutic session. Participants should feel they are able to discuss self-harm in a non-judgmental facilitated group. Participants will be advised to consider and manage personal disclosure.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be taught using media articles, first hand accounts, quizzes, videos and group activities.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details