Suicide First Aid & Understanding Suicide Intervention Training

1 day course
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Suicide First Aid & Understanding Suicide Intervention Training

Who is it for?

Anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide. This covers multi-sector practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community members.

No previous experience or training is necessary. Participants will be asked to self- reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide.

What will I learn?

The programme teaches and practises the skills and knowledge needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and competently intervene to help create suicide-safety as a first aid approach.

Topics covered:

Suicide First Aid Understanding Suicide Intervention is comprised of 4 parts, each approximately 90 minutes duration. This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience through tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work and audiovisual presentations.

Part 1

  • Introduction to: the day; programme; ourselves and suicide prevention
  • Stigma, Survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll
  • Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour
  • Intention of behaviour Versus Outcome of behaviour
  • Possible Causes of Suicidal thoughts

Part 2

  • Suicide – the Ripple Effect
  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention
  • Partnership working
  • Working with attitudes and values
  • “I’m Really Glad You Told Me” audio visual

Part 3

  • Meeting the needs of a person who is thinking about suicide
  • Suicide-Safety Guide
  • Step 1 – Recognising suicide and Asking about suicide
  • Step 2 – Understanding options

Part 4

  • Step 3 – Safeguarding suicide
  • Suicide-safety and self-care
  • The risk assessment approach
  • Future learning


Participants will gain 6 NQF credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes. Should delegates want to qualify in the C&G qualification there is a £85 fee payable directly to SFA. Details will be provided during the course by the tutor.

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