Plymouth & District Mind Mental Health Charity

Deliberate Self Harm (DSH): Positive Choices

DSHPC_LOGO.pngWhat was the project all about?

DSH: Positive Choices was a 2 year Erasmus+ funded project (2015-2017) that was coordinated by Plymouth and District Mind. The project  developed a comprehensive toolkit of resources and training materials that can be used with young people to enable them to become more emotionally resilient, confident, and self-aware. The project was specifically aimed at supporting those young people for whom their mental health has  become an issue. In particular, we looked at the issue of self-harm as a coping strategy.

Who was involved?

We worked with some fantastic partners from across Europe on this project. They are:

Each partner hosted a 3 day meeting during which they delivered 2 one-day workshops around related themes that can help young people to build emotional resilience. The workshop resources can be used to train anyone who works/volunteers with young people on how they can recognise and deal with symptoms of poor mental health.

Over the 2 year lifetime of the project, we:
Delivered 72 workshops in the field of youth to address self-harm and emotional resilience;
Translated materials for delivery in each of the partner countries;
• Created volunteer committees to monitor the evaluation and sustainability of the project locally;
• Evaluated the workshops and project.

Would you like to access the resources?

We produced a toolkit that can be used to upskill staff and volunteers who are working with young people. If you would like to access these materials, please email

You can also access the European Project Website here.

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