SFA: Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention

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9th August 2019 

Fully Booked

1-day training solution teaching suicide intervention skills.  The course is a qualification programme recognised and awarded by City & Guilds Institute. Upon satisfactory completion participants attain 6 credits at level 4, and the national qualification in suicide prevention.

Course overview:

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, captured in a one-day event. We use only the most experienced suicide prevention tutors to deliver this unique learning experience: for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people who may be thinking of suicide.

Course content:

SFAUSI is comprised of 4 parts, each approximately 90 minutes duration. The programme teaches and practices the skills and knowledge needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and competently intervene to help coping and create suicide-safety as a first aid approach.

Part 1 – 09:30 to 11:00

  • Introduction to: the day; programme; ourselves and suicide prevention
  • Working with our beliefs about suicide
  • Stigma, Survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll
  • Suicide – the Ripple Effect
  • Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour
  • Intention of behaviour Versus Outcome of behaviour
  • Possible Causes of Suicide thoughts

Part 2 – 11:15 to 12:45

  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention
  • Partnership working
  • “I’m Really Glad You Told Me” audio visual

Part 3 – 13:30 to 14:45

  • 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 – 15:00 to 16:30

  • Step 3 –Coping and Safeguarding suicide
  • Suicide-safety and self-care
  • Future safety
  • Future learning

Methods of delivery:

Taught over 6 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work and audiovisual presentations. This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience.

Pre-training requirement:

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

Who should attend?

Multi-sector practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community members.


Participants will gain 6 QCF credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes.

Related courses:

Self-harm and Adults, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health First Aid