self-harm awareness training and consultancy


Harm-ed is delighted to announce that, in response to an increased demand for our training, we have recently expanded our team of trainers. We are really proud to welcome Satveer, Rachel, Regan and Julia on board and know that they are going to be brilliant additions to our team. When we take on new trainers, we have to be confident they share our passion and commitment to the work we do and that they also share a similar ethos and understanding of the issues we deliver training on. This way we can be sure the quality of our training and, as such, harm-ed’s reputation remains untarnished and so that you can be reassured that the training we deliver for you is of the standard you are hoping for and expecting..

I will also update you soon about the additional new courses we will be offering, courtesy of the fresh and innovative ideas of our new recruits!


In February 2012, harm-ed – in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire – hosted a major national conference, “Recovery and self-harm: maximising hope; minimising harm”. This groundbreaking event brought together the leading UK speakers, academics, practitioners, activists – and performers – and the field of self-harm It was a day of unparalled importance.

harm-ed  delivered the opening speeches at the international conference of the Association for Protection against Psychiatric Violence in Berlin on September 3rd 2011

harm-ed also presented and facilitated workshops at  a series of conferences

“Self-Harm and safety in the criminal justice system”, in London on May 17th 2012

“Self-harm: developing a better understanding for professionals” in Glasgow on May 19th 2011

Guild Lodge/LCFT conference in Preston on June 13th 2011

Manchester women’s conference: “promoting mental health and wellbeing for mothers and families” in Manchester on June 24th 2011

“Minimising self-harm: preventing suicide” in Cardiff on June 30th 2011


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“Beyond Fear and Control”,  is one of the newest and most innovative books on self-harm, available from April 2007, edited by Sam Warner and Helen Spandler and published by PCCS Books. It brings together practitioners, activists and service users from a wide range of service contexts who have developed new and innovative ways of effectively supporting young people who self-harm. Authors include Louise Pembroke, Vera Martins, Eamon Kirk – and harm-ed’s own Terri Shaw who has co-authored the opening chapter, “A Dialogue of Hope and Survival”, which draws from experience, research and theory to discuss the user and carer experience of self-harm; service responses to self-harm; and harm-minimisation practice.



Watch out for the next groundbreaking book edited by Louise Pembroke, bringing together writing from leading practitioners and activists on the issue of harm-minimsation. Chapters address issues such as “Practical harm-minimisation – imparting the basics to service users”, as well as other practical, legal and ethical aspects of harm-minimisation. Terri Shaw will be writing about her research with mental health nurses and service users on the issue of harm-minimisation in inpatient settings.