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Suicide First Aid Youth

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In 2018, 1866 young people under the age of 35 took their own lives*

Over 200 school children are lost to suicide every year*


If you are seeing a rise in thoughts of suicide with the young people you support 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.


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What you'll learn

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, this programme is delivered as a suicide prevention awareness 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 gives you the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths


Basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive. 

The programme teaches the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide

Part 1 – 90 minutes 

Introduction to the session; programme, ourselves and suicide prevention 

Stigma and 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 

Suicide – the ripple effect 


Part 2 – 90 minutes 

 ‘I’m really glad you told me’ audio visual 

Suicide Safety Guidance

Recognising and asking about suicide 

Referring a person onto suicide first aiders 

This training can be used as a stand-alone  programme or as the first part of a journey to learn suicide prevention skills. 

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. 


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Who I am

I am Esther Durrant, an Integrative counsellor, undertaking an MSC in children and young people's emotional wellbeing


I am an associate trainer for the National Centre for Suicide Prevention and Training.

I have worked with young people in residential care and at Childline and have seen first hand that talking openly can be both life changing and life saving.


In-House Training

This course is available as in-house training for up to 25 people

£1200 (Inc VAT)

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