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Suicide First Aid

More than 1 in 20 people make a suicide attempt at some point in their lives*

More than 6,000 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland take their own lives each year*

If you are seeing a rise in thoughts of suicide  then this course will teach you the skills to be able to provide Suicide First Aid.

The course will help you understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and that some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.



Ange McMillan

Approved Suicide First Aid instructor

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, this programme is delivered over 6 hours as a suicide prevention session.

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 course covers:

The hidden toll of suicide

The ripple effect

The continuum of suicide

Intention versus outcome

Factors that contribute to suicide thoughts

Partnership working

Short film 'I'm really glad you've told me'

The needs of the person experiencing suicide thoughts

Suicide safety guide

Recognise suicide

Ask about suicide

Listen and learn

Creating a safety plan

The one-day programme Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions is a City & Guilds qualification programme and the next step for people wanting a more in-depth practice-based approach to the 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. 

I also deliver Suicide First Aid Youth which is a half day training for adults supporting young people.

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