Health and Social Care - Mental Health

Anti Ligature and Mental Health

Ligatures are a common means of attempting suicide and self-harm due to their basic set-up using common household items and architecture. With our Anti-Ligature Training course, participants can better equip themselves with the skills and knowledge needed to minimise risk of ligatures in the care or support setting and respond to incidents involving ligatures.

Available as a standalone or bolt-on course.

  • To understand the definition and mechanics of ligatures.

  • To better recognise the hazards and dangers that can increase risk of ligature usage, and record these findings in effective, legally defensible risk assessments.

  • To identify the signs of ligature usage.

  • To understand the different methods of hanging and their effects on the body.

  • To recognise the different things that can be used as ligatures and ligature anchor points.

  • To effectively respond to a ligature incident, keep the casualty safe and preserve the scene.

  • To understand the nature and importance of debriefing following a ligature incident.

  • To effectively demonstrate the first aid procedures that are performed on a casualty who has used a ligature.

  • To identify anti-ligature tools and effectively demonstrate their use on mock ligatures.

HSE strongly advises that all workplaces give equal priority to both mental and physical health first aid, which is why we have developed our Mental Health First Aid course. Participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions, available techniques and resources for supporting mental health, and reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace. Upon completion, participants will be credited with Level 2 Mental Health First Aid, enabling them to serve as mental health supervisors in the workplace.

  • To recognise the distinction between “mental health”, “mental illness” and “mental condition”.

  • To identify the social, physical and mental impact of having a mental health condition.

  • To understand the aetiology (causes) and epistemology of mental illness.

  • To develop confidence for encouraging discussions and reducing stigma about mental health in the workplace.

  • To recognise what support and services are available for signposting.

  • To learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions.

  • To effectively record incidents involving mental health in the workplace.

  • To recognise available strategies and resources for improving and maintaining mental health.

  • To understand the importance of promoting mental health in the workplace.


6 hours teaching (7 Hour day to include breaks).

Number of participants

12 Participants per booking.

Suitable for

Care staff, Supporters, Volunteers, Family, Professionals