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Suicide First Aid Training Lite

Developed by the National Centre for Suicide Prevention, the 3.5 hour Suicide First Aid Course gives participants practical skills they can use to prevent someone dying from suicide.

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, this programme is delivered over 3.5 hours 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 Suicide First Aid Lite 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.

Course Content:

SFA Lite is comprised of 2 parts, each 90 minutes duration. The programme teaches the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to pass the person onto a suicide first aider.

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


Part 2 – 90 minutes
• Meeting the needs of a person who is thinking about suicide
• Suicide Safety Guide
• Recognising and asking about suicide
• Referring a person onto suicide first aiders

In the lite version the learning outcomes are narrower, it is designed to meet the needs of larger groups, with less time to access the learning. Therefore, the learning experience is less interactive, and without the opportunity to practice the skills being taught.

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.

Methods of delivery:
Taught over 3.5 hours using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role- play, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual presentations. This is a has some interactive elements and is an emotionally engaging learning experience.

Pre-training requirement:
No previous experience or training is necessary. Participants will be asked to self-reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide. There is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences.

Who should attend?
Multi-sector managers and practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call centre operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community groups or members.

Testimonials for CAST Training Courses

“Katie Marlow was a great teacher. She spoken clearly and delivered the training which allowed for everyone to
share best practice.”

“The course was excellent and I want to do further training with my staff in school.”

– Course attendees from June 2020

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Contact Katie for further information about our training courses, or to book a workshop for your organisation.