It was field-trialled through 2013 to 2017 in England, Wales, Australia and Trinidad, as SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention; its evidence base is exceptional and independent evaluations describe it as the Gold Standard in Suicide Prevention Training.
Accredited by City & Guilds Institute from 2013 to date and attaining 6 credits as a level 4 qualification on the Regulated Credit Framework across England and Wales (from 2018 the National Qualification Framework), SFA is recognised as an international qualification by City & Guilds International, and can be provided by the C&G Approved Centre, SFA: Suicide First Aid (UK), in over 87 countries across the world, as an accredited programme.
In sum, this is Gold Standard training because, uniquely;
SFAUSI is delivered by one tutor to a maximum of 16 learners over 7 hours.
Since creation this one day training solution has met the learning needs of multiple groups, from Police and other First Responders, through to clergy, veteran support providers, domestic abuse practitioners, community helpers, healthcare practitioners including primary and secondary care, in addition to housing, social care, security officers, armed forces, the education sector, accredited councillors and more…
SFAUSI gives learners the tools and knowledge they need to understand suicide is one of the most preventable deaths, and that simple skills are all that are needed to help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts, and stay alive. SFA: Suicide First Aid, saves lives, for tomorrow.