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Suicide First Aid

The UK’s National Qualification in Suicide Prevention, 

accredited by City & Guilds of London

Virtual or in person

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

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.

The course is taught over six hours using tutor facilitated learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work exercises and audiovisual presentations. This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience. No previous experience or training is necessary.

Part 1

  • Introduction to: the day; programme; ourselves and suicide prevention

  • Stigma, Survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll

  • Suicide – the Ripple Effect

  • Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour

  • Intention of behaviour Versus Outcome of behaviour

  • Possible Causes of Suicide thoughts

Part 2

  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention

  • Partnership working

  • “I’m really glad you’ve told me” audio visual

Part 3

  • Meeting the needs of a person  ‘letting you know’

  • Suicide-Safety Guide

  • Step 1 – Recognising suicide and Asking about suicide

  • Step 2 – Understanding options

Part 4

  • Step 3 – Safeguarding suicide

  • Suicide-safety and self-care

  • The risk assessment approach?

  • Connecting after an intervention

  • Future learning

Participants will be asked to self- reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide.


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 Qualification in Suicide Prevention for the United Kingdom.

How do online courses work?

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Learning at a manageable pace

The course comprises of four parts, each approximately 90 minutes duration, with breaks between each part.

Different learning styles

Learning takes place through discussions, films and group exercises

Friendly live learning sessions

Live learning takes place on Zoom in small groups.  This is a supportive and safe environment to learn more, ask questions and meet fellow learners.

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