Understanding Suicide Intervention through Suicide First-Aid

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6th December 2018, Cardiff

We are pleased to continue our exclusive one-day training solution for suicide intervention skills, developed in partnership with our international suicide prevention colleagues, the UK initiative Suicide-Safer London and the UK City & Guilds Approved Centre ‘Train on the Tracks (Vocational Qualifications) Ltd.  The course has been accredited by City & Guilds of London. Upon satisfactory completion participants attain 6 QCF credits at level 4.

Course overview:

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills applicable 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.

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 behaviours
  • The Signs of Suicide and the Suicide-Safety Guide
  • Partnership working and community resources

Methods of delivery:

Taught over 6 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work and audiovisual presentations. This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience.

Learning outcomes:

– 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, including:

  • Suicide Support Services
  • Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
  • Suicide Liaison Officers
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • CAMHS Practitioners
  • Commissioning Managers
  • School Nurses and Health Visitors
  • Directors of Children’s Services
  • Families Services Officers
  • Schools and Children’s Trusts
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • General Practitioners
  • Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinators
  • Sexual Health Strategy Co-ordinators
  • Local, Regional and National Health Services
  • Health Treatment/Advisory Services
  • Teachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
  • Counselling Services
  • Psychotherapists
  • Connexions
  • Health Promotion Advisers
  • Child and Educational Psychologists
  • Family Planning Specialists
  • Looked After/Children in Care Teams
  • Drug and Alcohol Action Teams
  • GUM Clinics
  • Social Workers and Social Services Officers
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Youth Workers and Youth Offending Teams
  • Community Safety Teams
  • Internet Safety Teams
  • Child Safety Online Teams
  • Police Service
  • Probation Service
  • Coroners
  • Health and Safety Teams
  • Transport Services
  • HR Teams
  • Local Authorities and Councillors
  • Central Government Departments and Agencies
  • Third Sector Representatives
  • Academics and Researchers


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

Related courses:

Self-harm and Adults, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health First Aid

Course cost: £235 +vat which includes City & Guilds registration and certification

“Excellent training, skilfully delivered. It busted some myths & has made me feel equipped to enter into an intervention where I certainly wouldn’t have been before.” – Mental Health Advocate, November 2014

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