SFA: Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention

Start The Conversation: Suicide Prevention Education

Grassroots delivers Suicide First Aid in partnership with suicide prevention education provider, Start the Conversation.

Course overview

Suicide First Aid is a one-day training programme for groups of up to 16 people, and is accredited by City & Guilds, making it the route to the UK's only national qualification in Suicide Prevention.

The programme is evidence-based, interactive, and covers both theory and practical skills. Participants learn and practice the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide, and to competently intervene to help create a safe plan, as a first aid approach. 

Course content:

  • The impact and value of personal and professional experience with suicide
  • Barriers that prevent people at risk seeking help
  • Prevalence of suicide thoughts and suicide behaviours
  • The Signs of Suicide and the Suicide-Safety Guide
  • Partnership working and community resources

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.

Learning outcomes:

- Suicide behaviour; reasons and magnitude of the community health problem.
- Role of the carer in managing suicide interventions; different roles with different people
- Understand approaches and process of suicide intervention including desired outcomes
- Understand the importance of self-reflection and personal impact when working with suicide and people at risk

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.

Accreditation

City & Guilds Accredited Programme
Participants will gain 6 QCF credit points at Level 4 if they choose to complete an additional workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes.

Make a booking - Individual place

We regularly run training courses in Brighton & Hove that anyone can book onto. Please check our list of upcoming courses and make a booking by clicking the Eventbrite link below. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit card, cheque or invoice.

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Make a booking - Whole course

This is a cost-effective way of training up to 16 people in your own venue. One trainer delivers the SFA sessions, taught over 6 hours with a one hour lunch break and several other short breaks.. Please contact us at training@prevent-suicide.org.uk for a quote, available dates or more information.

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