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Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention (NCSPET)

Qualification Details

SFA: USI 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.

Session 1

  • 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

Session 2

  • 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

Session 3

  • 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

Session 4

  • Step 3 – Safeguarding suicide
  • Suicide-safety and self-care
  • The risk assessment approach
  • Suicide and suicide gestures
  • Future learning

No previous experience or training is necessary, although you should have a strong interest in the subject matter. You will be asked to self-reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide, however there is no expectation of participants to share personal experiences. 


You will receive a SFA USI certificate of attendance following your successful completion of the day, awarded by the National Centre for Suicide Prevention, Education and Training (NCSPET).

Additional City & Guilds Qualification

Unit 407 - Understanding Suicide Intervention, of the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare is an independent unit which carries 6 learning credits at level 4. To gain this unit learners must successfully complete an assessed workbook module in addition to attending the SFA USI course.

At the time of booking, an additional fee of £85 is payable to the City & Guilds Centre, NCSPET (National Centre for Suicide Prevention, Education & Training).

The content will all have been covered during your days training course. You need to submit the written workbook for the additional City & Guilds award.