At a glance
Role: Intervention provider
Course length: 6 hours
- Evidence based
- Improves suicide alertness
- Teaches theory and practical skills
- Examines barriers to seeking help
- Teaches full suicide intervention
Number of trainees: Up to 16
Grassroots delivers Suicide First Aid in partnership with suicide prevention education provider, Start the Conversation.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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 QCF credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes.
The qualification costs £85* per learner (optional and extra to subsidised place)
*A small administration fee will apply