Self-Harm Intervention Programme (SHIP)

SHIP is a Self-Harm Intervention Programme commissioned by the Public Health Agency which provides a counselling service to those who present with self-harming behaviour as well as a separate service for family/carers. This programme is available throughout all Health and Social Care Trusts within Northern Ireland.

Inspire Mental Health Services have been commissioned by the Public Health Agency to deliver SHIP in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

SHIP aims to:

  • Support the person who Self-Harms
  • Prevent/Minimise repetition of Self-Harm
  • Prevent deaths by suicide
  • Help family/carers cope with the issue of Self-Harm

The referral pathway for clients, family or carers is through the Accident and  Emergency Department, Primary Care Mental Health Teams or Primary Care Hubs.

Clients can avail of up to 5 counselling sessions.  This one to one psychological intervention will be tailored to their individual needs which could include problem solving, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy.  This will also include promoting coping skills and strategies.

Family and Carers can avail of a one-off session which will include promoting an understanding of self-harm and how to support the person who self-harms.  They will be provided with advice on self-care, coping skills and promoting/protecting the mental health of the wider family network and sign-posting to other services as necessary.

For further information please contact:  ship@inspirewellbeing.org

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