Supporting Supporters: Self Harm Course

We know supporting someone who self harms can be difficult. Sometimes you can be unsure on what to say, how to best be there and sometimes it can be hard to simply understand. Our free, three-week student-led peer support group 'Supporting Supporters: Self Harm' aims to provide people with a better understanding of self harm and develop skills which may be useful when supporting someone.

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PLEASE NOTE: There are limited spaces on this course - if you are unable to complete your free purchase this means we have run out of spaces. please contact us to be placed on a waiting list


When does the course run?

The course runs for 3 workshops in Semester 2 of 2019/20 University Year.

The first session begins on Monday 24th February at 17:15 - 6:30 in CB 3.11, at the same time and place for three weeks, finishing on Monday 9th March. 

Please email for any questions and sign up interest!

What does the course involve?

The Supporting Supporters: Self Harm course consists of 3 workshop sessions, informally working through a structured workbook in a supportive group environment. Both weeks will cover a different topic related to supporting someone, with a focus on developing understanding and skills so you can best support your friends/family.

Below is an outline of the topics covered in each group session:

  • Session 1: Understanding Self-Harm
  • Session 2: How to effectively communicate
  • Session 3: How to support a friend (and yourself)

Who runs the course?

Each course session will be informally run by two student volunteers, called ‘group facilitators’ who will work through the material with you. They are there to make sure that there is time to cover the workbook content, and to ensure that conversations remain supportive and non-judgmental.

All group facilitators have received training for their role, however it is important to stress that they are not trained counsellors or professionals and are not there to provide advice.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is suitable for you if you are currently a University of Bath student, are over 18 years old, and are interested in learning more about supporting someone who self harms. This course is not specifically designed for students who support others experiencing other mental difficulties. 

This course is not suitable for you if you are currently experiencing self harm behaviour as some of the content discussed may be triggering.

This course is not a substitute for professional training. Supporting people can be very hard work and incredibly serious. If you are facing further struggles, please seek professional support.

What do I need to bring?

All you need to bring is yourself! In session 1, we will provide you with workbooks which you are welcome to take away with you at the end of the session.

I don’t want others to know I attend these sessions or which of my friends self harms…

Don’t worry! All of our group facilitators have agreed to a strict confidentiality policy. This means that we will not discuss attendees outside of the sessions and we will not reveal any details of what is discussed to anyone without your consent (including staff members). Anything that is talked about in the sessions will not be shared and you are free to be as open as you feel comfortable with.

How can I sign up?

We run Drop-ins where you can learn more about the course and meet the facilitators before you sign up. Just drop in at any time below for as long as you like.

Drop-ins will run on:

  • Monday 10th Feb 2020 at 12:15-13:05 
  • Thursday 13th Feb 2020 at 19:15-20:05 

An easy way to stay up to date with what we are doing is to like our Facebook page.

You can also subscribe to our email list on the Student Minds SU Bath page to receive regular updates and further information about volunteering opportunities and course details.

If you have any questions or would like to be placed on the waiting list for the course, please do get in touch by email: We’re happy to help!

Group Facilitators for 2019/20:

Jess Carson, Julie Aykol, Katie Bilsborough, Amy Watts, Megan Clarke, Samir Elidrissi, Vanessa Kudrnova, Charlotte Lancaster, Mila Lytherao & Louise Morgan