PIF CPD: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions

PIF CPD: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions

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A 1-day online accredited course covering theory & practice of suicide intervention skills for professional or personal settings

About this event

The Provider Improvement Fund (PIF)

Working with the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Combined Authority and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) through the Liverpool City Region Skills and Apprenticeship Hub project, GMLPF is managing the Provider Improvement Fund (PIF).

PIF offers a training and development support programme to post-16 learning providers in Liverpool City Region.


SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions

  • Evidence-based
  • externally moderated and quality assured
  • accredited by City & Guilds Institute
  • the UK’s only national qualification in suicide prevention
  • devised, developed and delivered by the UK’s most experienced suicide prevention educators
  • Internationally recognised by City & Guilds International, currently throughout the UK, but also licensed in Australia, field-trailed in Trinidad, U.A.E. and commencing May 2019, India.

Course overview:

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

Course content:

Comprises four 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.

Part 1

  • Introduction to the day; programme; ourselves and suicide prevention
  • Stigma, Survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll
  • Suicide – the Ripple Effect
  • Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour
  • Intention of behaviour versus outcome of behaviour
  • Possible causes of suicide thoughts

Part 2

  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention
  • Partnership working
  • “I’m really glad you’ve told me” audio-visual

Part 3

  • Meeting the needs of a person ‘letting you know’
  • 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?
  • Connecting after an intervention
  • Future learning

Methods of delivery:

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


On completion of the day's training, you will be asked to register with City & Guilds and sent an assignment to complete in your own time. Please submit your assignment as soon as possible after completing the course, and by 21st September at the very latest. On successful completion of the assignment, you will be awarded a level 4 unit in Understanding Suicide Interventions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Suicide behaviour; reasons and magnitude of the community health problem.
  • Role of the carer in managing suicide interventions; different roles with different people
  • Understand approaches and process of suicide intervention including desired outcomes
  • Understand the importance of self-reflection and personal impact when working with suicide and people at risk

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.


This CPD session is free to qualifying learning providers.

To qualify for a free place, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have the right to reside/work in the United Kingdom
  • You must be employed by a learning provider who has headquarters and/or training premises located in Liverpool City Region (which comprises the six local authorities of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral)
  • Your employer should be delivering learning programmes locally to Liverpool City Region employers and learners
  • You must resident in Liverpool City Region but provided your employer is located in the Liverpool City Region, you can be resident in other or surrounding areas
  • In addition, the learning provider you work for must not have received more than £187,000 in state aid over the last three years. This will be the case for most learning providers. Once you have booked onto a PIF course/CPD session, GMLPF will be in touch to ascertain the amount of state aid your employer has received and go through the relevant paperwork with you.


  • This is an ONLINE event
  • This event is only open to employees of learning providers based in the Liverpool City Region
  • This session is funded by the European Social Fund and the LCR Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund
  • Unfortunately, if you attend the course and do not complete the required enrolment forms, this will incur a charge. This is unavoidable as your place on this course is funded through the ESF/Strategic Investment Fund.
  • If you do not attend the course and do not send someone in your place, a charge will also be incurred for the same reasons as specified above