Suicide First Aid - understanding suicide intervention

Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention


Suicide First Aid 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.

This course includes socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work exercises and audio-visual presentations. This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience.

No previous experience or training is necessary. Participants will be asked to self- reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide.

Course Plan

This one-day course is comprised of four sessions, each lasting approximately 90 minutes.

Session 1

  • Introduction to:
    • The day
    • Programme
    • Ourselves and suicide prevention
  • Stigma
  • Survivors of bereavement by suicide and the hidden toll
  • Suicide – the ripple effect
  • Suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviour
  • Intention of behaviour versus outcome of behaviour
  • Possible causes of suicidal thoughts

Session 2

  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention
  • Partnership working
  • “I’m really glad you’ve told me” audio visual

Session 3

  • Meeting the needs of a person who is thinking about suicide
  • Suicide safety guide
  • Step 1 – Recognising suicide and asking about suicide
  • Step 2 – Understanding options

Session 4

  • Step 3 – Safeguarding suicide
  • Suicide safety and self-care
  • The risk assessment approach
  • Connecting after an intervention
  • Future learning


This course requires a minimum of 8 participants to run, and has a maximum capacity of 16 participants.

Per Person £94
Group Rate (8-16 participants) £1500

In addition, charges are added for Instructors’ travel expenses, accommodation and refreshments if outside West Essex, and any venue hire costs incurred.

More Information

This course is available face to face, or virtually.

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