Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention (Virtually delivered)

The one day course (2 half days when delivered virtually) is accredited by City & Guilds, making it the route to the UK’s only national qualification in Suicide Prevention. The programme is evidence-based, interactive, and covers both theory and practical skills

Participants learn and practice the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide, and to competently intervene to help create a safe plan, as a first aid approach

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 suicide behaviours

  • The Signs of Suicide and the Suicide-Safety Guide

  • Partnership working and community resources

Method of delivery

Taught as two half-days virtually or a full-day when face to face, using tutor-facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role- play, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual presentations.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand Suicidal 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


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


When are the sessions? And how can I register?



Please note although places are funded for all who work and study in North East London, there will be a DNA charge of £100 enforced if you fail to attend following registration


In house training?

If you are interested in training to be delivered at your workplace, please do get in touch with us via


Further information

Please note this course is emotionally tiring and can bring up personal feelings around loss, and previous thoughts of suicide. For further information please email