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A half-day training course to learn skills to have a conversation with someone who may be thinking about suicide and signpost them to appropriate help, using a first-aid approach

Suicide First Aid

Course Context

With increasing cases of death by suicide across the UK, it is important that we learn how to spot the signs that someone may be considering dying by suicide and feel confident that we can speak to them openly about the subject to signpost them towards help which could save their life. Most people who are considering suicide, do not in fact want to end their lives - they just want the pain to stop. Through raised awareness, good communication and effective support, lives can be saved.

This course aims to equip delegates with the skills to spot the early signs that someone may be struggling and build their confidence to apply a ‘first aid approach’ to avoid a crisis.

A highly experienced suicide first aid trainer delivers this training course in a safe and supportive ‘virtual classroom’ environment. Delegates do not require any previous experience or training. During the course, they will be asked to self-reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide.

  • Duration: 3.5-hour virtual or face-to-face course.
  • Recommended Capacity: 16 delegates  
  • Availability: All of our in-house courses are delivered by our UK wide network of trainers

Who Is It For?

The course is suitable for anyone looking to raise their awareness of suicide intervention. Delegates will learn skills which can be applied in any professional or personal setting.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand suicide behaviour, impact and the ‘ripple effect’
  • Learn what is meant by a ‘first aid approach’ to suicide intervention
  • Appreciate the complex factors which contribute to thoughts of suicide
  • Improve questioning and listening skills and gain the confidence to discuss intentions and options openly
  • Learn to recognise the signs that someone may be at risk of suicide
  • Know what next steps to take to keep someone safe – informal and formal interventions
  • Consider self-care when helping others in crisis

Course Content

SFA Lite is comprised of 2 parts, each 90 minutes duration, followed by a further 30 minutes for group discussion/questions.

Part 1 – 90 minutes

  • Introduction to the session; programme, ourselves and suicide prevention
  • Stigma and 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
  • Suicide – the ripple effect
  • ‘I’m really glad you told me’ audio visual Break

Part 2 – 90 minutes

  • Meeting the needs of a person who is thinking about suicide
  • Suicide Safety Guide
  • Recognising and asking about suicide
  • Referring a person onto suicide first aiders

Delegates will receive an electronic copy of the course manual in advance of the training and a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.

A testimonial for the Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention Course:


"Last year we had a client who took their own life ... it really impacted on me and my team. I am happy that if a crisis situation happened again our support for staff would now be more effective."

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