Satveer Nijjar

Founder, Attention Seekers Training

Satveer has had a passion for reducing stigma around mental health since she herself became affected. Her experiences as a patient and more recently as a parent of a child with mental illness have helped shape her career. Her main focus is upon improving understanding of self-harm behaviours as this is often a very taboo topic within mental health sessions. After beginning with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2006 on the Better Services for People Who Self-harm Project she was quickly supported in providing her own lived experience at conferences and then within training courses. In 2012 she graduated with a First-Class Honours in Psychology, winning the Bernice McAuley Memorial Prize for her dissertation on self-harm and the role of culture. From this point her focus became on the creation and delivery of sessions on self-harm awareness. Over the last 6 years she has successfully setup her business named ‘Attention Seekers Training’. Through the business she delivers her own CPD Accredited Self-harm Awareness course nationally alongside PSHE/PDC student sessions, parent awareness sessions, conference talks and workshops. Though the majority of her deliveries are for school based staff and students, she also delivers to housing staff, doctors, nurses, social workers among others. The sessions are consistently met with excellent feedback with specific comments referring to the delivery style, relevance and enjoyability of the course.Satveer is a regular speaker at the BSA School Nurses and Matrons Conference and delivers study days on behalf of the BSA. She also maintains her links with other national organisations such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists, RCEM, Scottish Independent Schools Council, MHFA, Samaritans, Head Talks - collaborating with them to deliver sessions and/or produce videos, literature etc. for the promotion of mental health awareness.The key for Satveer is combining lived experience and academics to provide robust sessions that remove the taboo of self-harm and suicide to not only increase the confidence of professionals in providing support but also for those who self-harm to feel empowered to seek support.

Rome 2019