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SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide intervention – Profile

1-day training solution teaching suicide intervention skills.  The course has been accredited by City & Guilds of London. Upon satisfactory completion participants attain 6 credits at level 4.

The UK’s National Accredited Unit of Learning in Suicide Prevention 2013-18

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 accredited by City and Guilds of London. We use only the most experienced suicide prevention trainers to deliver this unique learning experience: for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk 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 create suicide-safety as a first aid approach.

Part 1 – 09:30 to 11:00

Part 2 – 11:15 to 12:45

Part 3 – 13:30 to 14:45

Part 4 – 15:00 to 16:30

Methods of delivery:

Taught over 6 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work exercises 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 credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes. This is the National Accredited Unit of Learning in Suicide Prevention for the United Kingdom.

Related courses:

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

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