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Suicide First Aid – Understanding Suicide Intervention

Understanding Suicide Intervention Training

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Course overview:

Teaching the theory and practise 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 trainers 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.

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Course overview:

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 thoughts and suicide behaviour
  • Intention of behaviour Versus Outcome of behaviour
  • Possible Causes of Suicidal thoughts


Part 2 – 11:15 to 12:45

  • Suicide – the Ripple Effect
  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention
  • Partnership working
  • Working with attitudes and values
  • “I’m so glad you told me” – Audio visual


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 – Understanding options


Part 4 – 15:00 to 16:30

  • Step 3 – Safeguarding suicide
  • Suicide-safety and self-care
  • The risk assessment approach
  • Suicide and suicide gestures
  • Future learning 

Methods of delivery:

Taught over 6 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led practise session, 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 self- reflect 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.


Participants can choose to register for the City and Guilds accredited unit of learning for an additional fee of £85 per person. This involves completion of a written assignment.


How to book a course:

Please note this training is only for people living or working in Gwent.

To book an in-person course or request an in-house course for your organisation please contact one of our Trainers directly.

For Blaenau Gwent contact Sheree at [email protected]

For Caerphilly contact Imogen at [email protected]

For Monmouthshire contact Bernadette at [email protected]

For Newport contact Lisa at [email protected]

For Torfaen contact Victoria at [email protected]

For Gwent-wide organisations contact Sarah at [email protected]

Courses outside of Gwent:

If you are outside of Gwent and are interested in these courses, please see below:

To book a place on an online course please click links below:

If you work across Gwent, please select any of the above or contact one of the Trainers if your organisation wants a course delivered in-house.

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