SFA 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: 

Part 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


Part 2 –

Suicide – the Ripple Effect
Population-based approach to suicide prevention
Partnership working
Working with attitudes and values
“I’m Really Glad You Told Me” audio visual


Session 2:

Part 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


Part 4 –

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

Methods of delivery:

Taught over 6 hours using tutor facilitated socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work and audiovisual presentations. This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience.



Participants will gain 6 NQF credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes.

Suicide First Aid (Understanding Suicide Interventions)