Suicide First Aid

Understanding Suicide Intervention

Please note: this is a one day training course in a physical classroom or delivered over two half days in a digital classroom

SFA: Suicide First Aid training is underpinned by three core beliefs:

  • Most people thinking about 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. Therefore...
  • Suicide has to be one of the most preventable deaths

Course overview:

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, captured in a two-day event accredited by City & Guilds of London. Our trainers 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.

Cost: £20 Non-refundable

This training, usually £150 per delegate has been partly funded by Public Health England & Cornwall Council for anyone who lives or works in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. 

Please note: There is no physical/hard copy workbook.  Any workbooks or documents provided for this course will be in electronic format

The only charge to the delegate is a non-refundable cost of £20 for this course.  On completion of this course delegates can pay £93.50 for the Level 4 City & Guilds qualification and we will send you a link for this.  For more information regarding the Level 4 City & Guilds qualification please click here

Please note: This training is for people who live and/or work in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly only.

Please be aware that due to the sensitive nature of this course, people that have had recent and/or personal experience of suicide may find some aspects upsetting. Therefore we would not recommend that you attend at this time. Please contact us to discuss any queries.

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Following the participation of this course you can choose to become an Orange Button Holder as part of the Orange Button suicide prevention scheme.

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The Orange Button Community Scheme

The Orange Button is a badge worn by people who have taken part in Quality Assured mental health or suicide prevention training. While they’re not able to counsel people, they can help someone find relevant local services.

The Orange Button signifies that the person displaying it is:

  • OK to say/hear the word suicide
  • Can listen without judgement
  • Can direct people to information and support

Once you have completed at least three hours of Quality Assured mental health first aid or suicide prevention training you can become an Orange Button holder. This is to ensure you are equipped with the skills to listen and signpost people.

Find out more about the scheme, including how it works and how you can get involved



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