Suicide First Aid

Suicide First Aid Training is a 1-day training solution teaching suicide intervention skills.  

The course is aimed at multi-sector practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community members.

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting; The programme teaches and practices 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.

This course is accredited by City and Guilds of London and Upon satisfactory completion of a knowledge-based written assessment participants attain 6 NQF credits at level 4.


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SFAUSI is comprised of 4 parts, each approximately 90 minutes duration:

Part one 

  • 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 Suicide 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

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