SFA: Understanding Suicide Intervention

Understanding Suicide Intervention

1-day training solution teaching suicide intervention skills.  The course is a training and qualification programme, quality assured by City & Guilds of London. Upon satisfactory completion participants attain 6 NDF credits at level 4.


Course overview:


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 Institute. 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 who may be thinking of suicide.


Course content:


SFAUSI is comprised of 4 parts, each approximately 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 Suicide thoughts


Part 2 – 11:15 to 12:45


Suicide – the Ripple Effect

Population-based approach to suicide prevention

Partnership working

“I’m Really  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

Future learning


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.


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.




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