Do you work in the health sector? HOPE would welcome the opportunity to share our lived experience with your team. We recently delivered a session that focussed on self injury to students on an emergency care module at Plymouth University.
All those doctors, nurses and paramedics either agreed or strongly agreed that:
So, if you're writing a report, hosting a continuing professional development session or other event, we'd love to help. Please get in touch via the contact page and we'll tailor a programme to suit your needs.
"I learnt good techniques for communicating better with patients who self harm."
"Really insightful to share different experiences, highlights that everyone is different and for this kind of thing labels/diagnoses are not helpful."
"Emily, you are an inspiring individual and I feel honoured that you shared your heartfelt journey. Thank you."
"Thank you for sharing your experiences. This has been a really valuable learning experience that I will implement in my practice.
Really good to know there is another side. A recovery side."
"Peta’s experience from being treated for self harm without local anesthetic was shocking but has made me think about when we treat young people with parvolex and don’t give them anti sickness - I will advocate for anti sickness for all patients."
"All the experts' experiences were very eye opening and thought provoking. Thank you for being so brave and sharing your experiences."
If you or a family member has experience of difficulties in managing your emotional experience in the ways we discuss, and you would be willing to share, click HERE to sign up to our lived experience mailing list. We'll get in touch to invite you to our next event.
"I never really understood why people self harmed but now that you’re told about how it can be a form of relief and a way to feel something, it makes a bit more sense to me. Thank you."
"Interesting, valuable session. I will try to be more patient with mental health sufferers. I didn’t realise how powerful their emotions were that compelled them to self harm. My understanding has been enlightened and I hope it will continue to be."
"Found the session an amazing experience and very inspirational, albeit emotional. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in a greater knowledge base of the importance of mental health."
"I have always felt as a professional, it is difficult to talk about DSH, having had someone with personal experience tell me it is ok to ask, I feel more equipped to do so."
"I found it valuable to be able to gain some empathy with someone in crisis."
"Fascinating insight. Interesting to appreciate different reasons for this behaviour."
"Listening to real life experiences has helped me to understand more about self harm and not to be afraid to talk about it."
"Very insightful and helpful testimonials of living with personality disorder. It’s an area we don’t get much teaching on - so thank you for your time!"
"Thank you for your bravery in sharing your personal experiences. It has been a valuable learning experience."
"Brought a human human element and reality to long term conditions. Lovely to hear first hand accounts - very informative!"
"Thanks for sharing your experience - it helped to break the stigma.
As a paramedic, I see many patients who self harm. I feel like I spend lots of time talking with my patients, but know at times I have not always explored the other concerns. I will now."
"I think this session would be valuable for many of the undergraduate health professionals and nursing programmes."