suicide first aid through understanding suicide intervention

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A unique learning experience, suitable for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide.

Suicide First Aid

Course Context

This 1-day training course, accredited by City and Guilds of London, teaches the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills which can be applied in any professional or personal setting. 

The Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) course gives learners the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.

We use only the most experienced suicide prevention trainers to deliver this unique learning experience.


  • Duration: 1-day course, delivered virtually or face-to-face.
  • 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 for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide. This includes, but is not restricted to: multi-sector managers and practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice; call centre operators; private, voluntary and public sector workers; and community groups or members.

Evidence Base

Two independent evaluations in 2016 and 2017 by Dr Paul Rogers demonstrated significant statistical change in 14 of 19 measures. Increased confidence and reduced anxiety in dealing with suicide, were among the leading outcomes.

Methods of delivery

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

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. There is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences.

Accreditation (Optional)

The course has been accredited by City & Guilds of London. Participants will gain 6 NQF credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes. 

Course Content

Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention is comprised of 4 parts, each approximately 90 minutes duration.

Part 1 - 09:30 to 11:00

  • Introduction to the day; the 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 - 11:15 to 12:45

  • Suicide: The Ripple Effect
  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention
  • Partnership working
  • Working with attitudes and values
  • “I’m so 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 - Safeguarding suicide
  • Suicide - safety and self-care
  • The risk assessment approach
  • Suicide and suicide gestures
  • Future learning



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.

Delegate Comments from 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."

"The Trainer spoke with real knowledge and experience. Managed to keep a really tough and serious subject light hearted in places which really helped as there was clearly apprehension and anxiety amongst delegates at the beginning of the course."

"This training was very educational, and I feel much more prepared to have these types of conversations in the future if needed. Thank you!"

"I think the Trainer gave a very good insight to how we can help in any situations. She was helpful and knowledgeable and I found her experiences fascinating to listen to."

"The Trainer's knowledge and passion was outstanding! Really engaging and said it how it is."

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