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SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions - Manchester

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SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions - Manchester


SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention

Suicide prevention training programmes

From it first delivery, this one day training solution has met the learning needs of multiple groups, from Police and other First Responders, through to clergy, veteran support providers, domestic abuse practitioners, education wellbeing and welfare officers, community helpers, healthcare practitioners including primary and secondary care, in addition to housing, social care, security officers, armed forces, accredited counsellors and more...

SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention gives learners the tools and knowledge they need 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. 

Developed over 20 years, across UK and internationally, Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) is:


Evidence based: Two independent evaluations in 2016 and 2017 by Dr Paul Rogers. A cohort total of 330 participants, in the UK and Trinidad.  Significant statistical change in 14 of 19 measures was noted. Increased confidence and reduced anxiety in dealing with suicide, were the leading outcomes.

Accredited: by City and Guilds of London (C&G), forming 6 credits at level 4 ‘Understanding Suicide Intervention’. The assessment is based on knowledge demonstrated via a written assignment.

Endorsed: Both the Suicide First Aid Lite ½ day course and SFA - Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention are awarded endorsements by City & Guilds of London (C&G), as is the Associate Tutor Training 5-day programme. Again, assessment is via demonstrated knowledge through the workbook completion.

Externally moderated: all tutor performance is subject to external moderation by the awarding body, C&G. Teaching is subject to scrutiny including interviews with learners and quality standard checks.

Flexibly delivered: to accommodate the professional and cultural needs of the different sectors that require training. The programme has set learning goals with content developed relevant to learner need. 


SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) – programme content and overview

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

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



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