Below is an update from Community Links on the various upcoming courses they have available.

Thursday 12 October: Working with Self Harm

This one-day course is suitable for anyone coming into contact with a person who self-harms, either in a
working or personal capacity. Making use of best practice guidance, research and other perspectives, the course will consider contemporary ways of understanding and working with self-harm.

The course uses a number of learning activities (for example: presentation, group work, reflection and skills practice) to help participants develop their understanding.

Please visit the Community Links website to book.

£99 Trauma Informed Practice training

This course is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of trauma and the impact it
can have on people’s psychological and physical health.  It will explore how experiences of trauma in
both childhood and adulthood can affect people psychological, physically, behaviourally and emotionally.

It may be of particular interested to practitioners working with people who have had experiences of
trauma or have been diagnosed with / experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD), Complex PTSD, psychosis and personality disorders.  Furthermore, it complements the
‘Understanding Personality and Personality Disorders’ training, which is also a prerequisite to the Level 2
‘Working with Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma’ training currently delivered by Community Links.

The course uses a number of learning activities (for example: presentation, group work and reflection) to
help participants develop their understanding.


Monday 2 October and Friday 3 November from 9:30am – 4:30pm

The courses can be found on the Community Links website.

£99 Ligature Awareness Training

The aim of the course is to provide mental health practitioners with an awareness of ligature risk and to provide a demonstration of how to use a Cut-Down tool.

Friday 29 September and Tuesday 24 October, 09.30am – 12.30pm.

At the end of the course participants will:

  • To understand what is a ligature
  • How to formulate risk and learn good practice
  • Explore the historical context relating to ligatures
  • Explore why a person would use a ligature
  • Explore advance directives
  • Participate in a practical exercise using cut down tools

Delegates will learn how to understand ligatures and the use of ligatures in the workplace and create a positive and inclusive environment. Please note this training is not suitable for anyone who has recently been bereaved by suicide.

The courses can be found on the Community Links website.

Monday 20 November: Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence

This course is for staff who want to learn more about responding to the needs of survivors of sexual violence both upon receipt of a disclosure and in the longer term. It will cover relevant legislation and prevalence, examine the barriers survivors can face when seeking to disclose and access support and allow participants the opportunity to identify effective responses to survivors throughout their support journey.

Through presentation, discussion and group work, participants will have the chance to reflect on the challenges faced by sexual violence survivors and determine how to respond to these appropriately.

The course material is relevant regardless of the survivor’s gender and whether the sexual violence has
occurred recently or historically.

At the end of the course participants will have:

  • Knowledge of the key legislation relating to sexual violence and estimated prevalence.
  • An understanding of the difficulties faced by survivors related to disclosing sexual violence.
  • Considered some common responses to a disclosure and their usefulness.
  • Knowledge around provision of ongoing support following receipt of a disclosure of sexual violence.

It will be taking place on Monday 20 November, from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Bookings can be made through the Community Links website.

Mental Health First Aid – free training for frontline workers in Leeds

This training is being funded by Being You Leeds to increase access to Mental Health Training for:

  • Community organisations, charities and non-profit organisations
  • Volunteers as well as paid workers

Community Links is keen to ensure that those attending either work or volunteer for:

  • Organisations working within the most deprived areas of Leeds or
  • Organisations supporting socially excluded groups and communities with the worst health outcomes

To qualify for a free place, you must also be (working or volunteering) directly supporting people (i.e. a frontline worker).

The following 2023 session is split over 4 half days: 16 November/23 November/30 November/7 December.

The following 2024 session is over 2 days: 29 February and 6 March.

Bookings can be made through the Community Links website.