SFA: Suicide First Aid
Face-to-face. Available online.

At a glance

Role: Intervention provider

Course length: 6 hours

Key features:

  • Improves suicide alertness
  • Interactive
  • Evidence based
  • Teaches theory and practical skills
  • Examines barriers to seeking help
  • Teaches full suicide intervention

Number of trainees: Up to 16

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Course overview

Suicide First Aid Virtual is available as a one day or half day ‘Lite’ training programme for up to 16 participants.

The one day course 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.

One Day – 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. 

Half Day Lite – Gives learners the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills to help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.

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 as a half-day or full-day course, using tutor-facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role- play, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual presentations.

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.


The One-Day 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

City & Guilds Accredited Programme

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