Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Interventions
City and Guilds Accredited
Teaching the theory and practise 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 of London. 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 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 – 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 Suicidal 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
Methods of delivery
Taught over 6 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led practise session, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual presentations. This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience.
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.
Multi-sector managers and practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community groups or members.
Participants can choose to register for the City and Guilds accredited unit of learning for an additional fee of £85 per person. This involves completion of a written assignment.
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