SFA Tutor Development Programme

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Do you want to provide the only UK developed, internationally accredited, independently evaluated programme, described as the gold standard in suicide prevention training?

Contact Fiona Aldred for more information at fiona@ncspt.org.uk

Associate Tutors attend a 5-day teaching programme to learn the workshop materials, delivery and knowledge, and to deepen their understanding of the learning outcomes. Successful completion of a reflective practice journal after a mentor- supported delivery of their 1st programme provides a complete suicide prevention training development programme endorsed by C&G Institute of London.

Upon completion, tutors are licensed to provide SFA: Suicide First Aid

5-day Development Programme and SFA Licence fee: £2500

Associate Tutor Business Model

Successful completion of the ATT development programme will result in the creation of a license between SFA: Suicide First Aid (the Approved Centre by C&G) and the Tutor. This license provides Tutors with the opportunity to deliver SFA training programmes, within the terms and conditions of the license.

In summary, Tutors:

  • Are entitled to deliver the SFA: Suicide First Aid programme using course materials approved by C&G of London and provided by Suicide First Aid Qualifications;
  • Will have met a professional competency / experience standard in mental health and also possess a formal teaching qualification (PTLLS, PGCE or PG Cert or equivalent) or have significant prior experience in the delivery of face to face learning;
  • Will have the opportunity to devise their own business model for how they will disseminate the SFA: Suicide First Aid programmes to their business audience. Ideally, Tutors will be an established training provider, either to an identified professional group within an organisation, or a freelance trainer with an established customer base. SFA and SFA Lite programmes are not suitable for delivery by inexperienced educators without clearly identified audiences for programme delivery post-ATT.
  • Whilst there is an expectation that Tutors will deliver the programmes as per the standard set out within the Associate Tutor Training Manual, the learning outcomes are presented in a best practice format.  Tutors have flexibility to present the learning using their own teaching style, experiences and initiative, maintaining tight congruence with the learning outcomes and methods set out by the ATT Manual/guidance from an SFA Mentor.
  • Associate Tutors will be assigned a personal SFA Mentor at their ATT programme, with whom they will liaise and work towards meeting the competency standards set out by C&G and SFA: Suicide First Aid.  Ongoing professional development, support, mentoring, and coaching will be available through the National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training UK’s support team.
  • SFAUSI and SFA Lite are accredited by C&G of London, learners receive an Endorsed Certificate of Attendance following attendance and participation of the workshop. To achieve the full Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention accreditation, learners enroll with C&G and electronically submit a completed written assessment within 6 weeks of programme delivery.

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Further guidance and expressions of interest

The choice to professionally and personally invest in suicide prevention education programme delivery can be a hugely rewarding decision, but it is not one that needs to be made without guidance from people already involved. If you or your organisation are interested in becoming involved in a fast-growing area of interest across the world, please contact a Programme Developer or SFA Mentor at Suicide-Safer London CIC: The National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training UK, for an informal discussion.

All persons involved with the development of this programme have remarkable experience in suicide prevention and are some of the most experienced educators in the world. We are always looking for people with the same motivation, values and beliefs to join our team and work with us to increase suicide awareness and help practitioners and community members grow their skill set, so to enhance the opportunities for people with thoughts of suicide to access the help they need to stay safe from suicide.

Please email to make initial contact including a contact telephone number.


Both SFA: Suicide First Aid programmes are supported by exclusive audio visual presentations featuring international mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn, which augment learning and allow participants to both culturally contextualise their understanding of Suicide First Aid, in addition to relate directly to the Stranger on the Bridge experience. “I’m really glad you told me”, produced in 2016, additionally features colleague relationships and the use of Employee Assistance Programmes to support suicide-safety and wellbeing


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