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SFA – Understanding Suicide Interventions (Youth groups) (180522)

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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

This course is specifically for people working directly with young people.

Course Overview

A 1-day training course, teaching suicide intervention skills

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 tutors to deliver this unique learning experience: for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide.

The Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) course gives learners the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.

The course has been accredited by City & Guilds of London. Upon satisfactory completion of an assessment participants can attain 6 NQF credits at level 4.


Course content

SFAUSI is comprised of 4 parts, each 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

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

Stigma, Survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll

Suicide – the Ripple Effect

Intention of behaviour Versus Outcome of behaviour

Possible Causes of Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour


Part 2 - 11:15 to 12:45

Population-based approach to suicide prevention

Partnership working

Audio-visual - “I’m so glad you told me”


Part 3 - 13:30 to 14:45

Meeting the needs of a person who is thinking about suicide Suicide-Safety Guide

Step 1 – Recognising suicide and Asking about suicide

Step 2 – listening and understanding options


Part 4 - 15:00 to 16:30

Step 3 – Coping Plan

Suicide-safety and self-care

Future learning


Methods of delivery

Taught over 7 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role- play, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual 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 selfreflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide. There is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences.


Who should attend?

Multi-sector managers and practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community groups or members.


Accreditation Participants will gain 6 NQF credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes.


Meet the Trainer

Julie is a BACP accredited counsellor who uses her professional and personal experience to deliver high quality training in the field of mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing.  She has 18 years experience of working in the field of mental health and wellbeing and is passionate about changing and saving lives, promoting the positive message of hope and recovery.

Feedback about Julie’s last course:

'Julie was very measured, calm and clearly knowledgeable on her subjects. It was apparent she knew the content well and did well to encourage co operation.’

18th May 2022 9:30 AM through  4:30 PM