Become a Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor

Are you a dynamic and experienced trainer who is passionate about suicide prevention and ready to take on the challenge of an exciting new role?

MHFA England is working in partnership with the National Centre for Suicide Prevention, Education and Training (NCSPET) to deliver the Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor Training and Development Programme. 

The Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor Training and Development Programme is accredited by City & Guilds and will qualify you to deliver Suicide First Aid courses. 

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Through our partnership with NCSPET we aim to train at least 200 people in 2021, extending the reach of vital suicide prevention skills.

About the SFA Associate Tutor Training and Development Programme

This evidence based programme is developed and delivered by the UK’s most experienced suicide prevention educators.

It qualifies you to deliver two courses:

  • Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions (SFAUSI) 
  • Suicide First Aid Lite

Independent evaluations of SFAUSI show that it significantly increases confidence and reduces anxiety in dealing with suicide, and described it as "the gold standard in suicide prevention training".

Download the full programme information here.

Programme outline

The programme is delivered online or face to face over five days. On day 5 your first SFA course delivery will be observed for City & Guilds sign off.

SFA Associate Tutor candidates must complete:

  • Full attendance on the four days tutor-led programme
  • A reflective journal covering the four day programme and your first course delivery
  • The Unit 407 qualification: Understanding Suicide Interventions
  • Observation and assessment of your first SFAUSI or SFA Lite course delivery (day 5)
  • Welcome, safety and introductions, course outline and the outline of the day ahead
  • Participation in the virtual SFA Lite course as a learner
  • Coaching the parts of the course, followed by an allocation of parts for each prospective tutor to deliver the following day
  • Recap and reflections on day 1 learning
  • Prospective tutors to deliver the allocated parts to the wider group
  • Feedback and discussion on delivery
  • Recap and reflections on learning to this point
  • Coaching on the Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions (SFAUSI) programme
  • Facilitated discussion on the differences between SFAUSI and SFA Lite
  • Discussion on SFAUSI and SFA Lite online delivery
  • Discussion on the City & Guilds learning outcomes and the qualification
  • Allocation of homework – ten minute presentations to be delivered on day 4, covering: trauma informed practice, cultural awareness (based on allocated parts of the manual, covering all four sections)
  • Wellbeing and resilience – how a tutor can manage this personally and pass onto learners
  • Reflections on the course and learning insights
  • (AM) Presentations delivered with short facilitated discussion on each section delivered
  • (PM) Day 5 observations, setting up and sign off
  • The business model including finances, ordering resources, etc.
  • Coursecheck – how feedback is used and managed by individual tutors
  • Resources passed over to tutors
  • Group reflection and feedback
  • Observation and assessment of your first SFAUSI or SFA Lite course delivery

Essential and desirable criteria

Download the essential and desirable criteria for the Associate Tutor role here.  


The Associate Tutor Training and Development Programme costs £2,500 plus VAT per person.

This includes:

  • Assessment and accreditation to deliver the UK's national qualification in suicide prevention
  • A formal suicide prevention tutor certification accredited by City & Guilds
  • Support from the National Tutor and NCSPET through your learning journey


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