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Professionals: supporting a young person

Alumina can work in a variety of ways – Alumina sessions are delivered online and young people access them by registering their details on the sign up page.

If you are supporting a young person struggling with self-harm, it might be good to chat to them about joining Alumina. It maybe that you log in with them the first time and chat after about how it was for them: we always welcome feedback.

We have also produced a Leader’s guide for professionals to purchase and support young people face to face in their setting – whether that be at school, children’s home, Church, or in a CAMHS setting. We strongly urge you to have the approval of your Line Manager and a suitable Self-harm Policy in place before you begin this work. 

The Leader’s guide has valuable information regarding safeguarding, communication, group dynamics and boundaries as well as the session materials. Participants handbooks are also available for purchase, it works best if each young person has their own booklet.

We also offer training to professionals around issues of self-harm.

For more information about Alumina, you can download our leaflet below.

Alumina Leaflet



Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 8 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK. The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.

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