Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, captured in a half day course assured by City and Guilds of London.

The Suicide First Aid Lite (Virtual) 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.

A unique learning experience: for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide.

Using a mixture of theory and practical-based learning, the following outcomes will be covered:
  • Understand suicide behaviour, reasons and magnitude of the community health problem.
  • Understand the 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

Course Content

SFA Lite is comprised of 2 parts, each 90 minutes duration. The programme teaches the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to pass the person onto a suicide first aider.

Part 1 – 90 minutes
  • Introduction to the session; programme, ourselves and suicide prevention
  • Stigma and 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
  • Suicide – the ripple effect


Part 2 – 90 minutes
  • ‘I’m really glad you told me’ audio visual
  • Suicide Safety Guidance
  • Recognising and asking about suicide
  • Referring a person onto suicide first aiders

Suicide First Aid Lite (Virtual) training offers learning outcomes that are knowledge based and factual. This training can be used as a stand-alone programme or as the first part of a journey to learn suicide prevention skills.

The information in SFALV is easy to grasp for people of all skill levels and those with no prior knowledge of the subject.

The Speaker for this course is Nathan Wilson


Evidence Base

Two independent evaluations in 2016 and 2017 by Dr Paul Rogers demonstrated significant statistical change in 14 of 19 measures. Increased confidence and reduced anxiety in dealing with suicide were among the leading outcomes.


Who Should Attend?

This training is open and available to all staff as we strongly believe this is a life skill and extends beyond your working role within the trust.

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.

We understand the emotive nature of this course and clear joining instructions will be sent out before the course. We also adopt trauma informed practice to minimise risk of triggering an emotional response to the content. But it is important you feel able and comfortable to engage in discussions surrounding suicide.

The course will take place from 10:00-13:30 on the following dates:

  • Friday 26th July 2024
  • Friday 16th August 2024
  • Monday 23rd September 2024

This is a virtual course that will be run using Microsoft teams. You will be sent an invitation to join the meeting in the days running up to the course.

*You must have both audio and camera functions enabled to participate.*

Please complete the booking form below.

The protected characteristics monitoring form is separate to the main application form above; completion is optional & anonymous. We ask for information on your ‘protected characteristics’ in order to help us monitor our performance on equality.

If you have already completed this form since April 2024 & nothing has changed, there is no need to complete again.

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