What does 'first aid' mean in this context?
Providing suicide first aid involves gathering the skills and knowledge to competently and safely intervene when a person is at risk.
Just like medical first aid, the focus is on assessing the wider situation, using key skills and acting quickly and safely.
Suicide First Aid (SFA) is a course designed to teach you how to recognise people at risk, step in to help at the right time and provide helpful, safe assistance.
When you complete our Suicide First Aid (SFA) course, you are en route to gaining the UK’s only national Suicide Prevention qualification.
No previous experience is necessary but participants will be asked to empathise with people having thoughts of suicide. Please consider if this is appropriate for you and your situation.
SFA One Day course participants can go on to earn 6 QCF credits by completing an assessment workbook for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out more, even if you have already taken this course.
Our programme is evidence-based and interactive, covering both theory and practical skills.
- Learn full suicide intervention – including different approaches, the process of suicide intervention and desired outcomes
- Explore different roles for different people when managing suicide interventions
- Improve alertness of risk factors and barriers to seeking help
- Discuss the prevalence of suicidal thoughts/behaviours and examine community dynamics
- Understand the importance of self-reflection and personal impact when dealing with suicide topics both professionally and personally
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Full course. Participants learn and practice the skills needed to identify people at risk of suicide, and to competently intervene and help as a first aid approach. Accredited by City & Guilds.
Introductory course. Gives learners knowledge and tools around understanding and recognising suicide risk factors. Discusses basic skills to help someone with thoughts of suicide to stay safe.
Who is it for?
Housing and social care workers
Police officers and law enforcement
Paramedics, doctors, nurses and medical staff
Criminal justice workers
Call centre operators
Voluntary and public sector workers