Suicide First Aid

Most people thinking of suicide do not want their lives to end, they want the pain to stop.

Most people thinking about suicide let others know, consciously or unconsciously.

So, if we know the signs to look out for and how to respond…

 

Suicide First Aid Courses

UK Mental Health Ltd are delighted to be able to offer the following Suicide First Aid courses which can be delivered face-to-face or online.

These practical mental health skills and awareness courses give people the tools to support their own mental health and the mental health of others too.

Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) One Day Course

A face-to-face or online course 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.  

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.

The Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) 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.

SFAUSI Course Content
SFAUSI is comprised of 4 parts, each 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 – 90 minutes
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 -v- Outcome of behaviour
Possible causes of suicide thoughts

Part 2 – 90 minutes
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 – 90 minutes
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 – 90 minutes
Step 3 – Safeguarding suicide
Suicide-safety and self-care
The risk assessment approach
Suicide and suicide gestures
Future learning

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.

SFAUSI Methods of Delivery

Taught over 6 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual 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. There is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences.

Who should attend?
Anyone with an interest in suicide prevention including multi-sector managers and practitioners in the emergency services, sport, health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community groups.

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

Suicide First Aid Lite

SFA Lite comprises 2 parts, each of 90 minutes duration.

A face-to-face or online course teaching the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to signpost the person to the support they deserve.

SFA Lite: Course Content

Part 1 105 minutes
Values and attitudes
Welcome, safety and introductions
The Hidden Toll of suicide and definition
The Ripple Effect
The Continuum of Suicide
Intention of behaviour versus outcome of behaviour
Factors that contribute to suicide thoughts
Twenty faces

Break 15 minutes

Part 290 minutes
Recap of Part 1
‘I’m really glad you told me’ Audio visual
Survival instinct
Suicide Safety Guidance
Step 1 Recognising and asking about suicide
Step 2 Listen, learn & explore options
Step 3 Signposting and support
Partnership working
Feedback and self-care

SFA Methods of Delivery

Taught over 3.5 hours using tutor facilitated learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual 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. There is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences.

Who should attend?
Anyone with an interest in suicide prevention including multi-sector managers and practitioners in the emergency services, sport, health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community groups.

Accreditation:
There is no accreditation with this course however participants may wish to attend the Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (One Day) course where there is an option to gain 6 NQF credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against set learning outcomes.

Contact Us

For course bookings, costs and other enquiries please contact:

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07736 123 947

South East London

training@ukmentalhealth.com

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