Together with The National Centre for Suicide Prevention Education and Training (NCSPET) we are delivering more Suicide First Aid training, accredited by City & Guilds to workplaces.

Suicide First Aid Understanding Suicide Intervention, is the UK’s National Accredited Unit of Learning at level 4 in Suicide Prevention. Empower your organisation to support your wider wellbeing approach by training your employees in Suicide First Aid.

This one-day course is ideal for employees who seek greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide, and to help create suicide- safety as a first aid approach in the workplace. 

This course can support People Managers, HR and Wellbeing teams, and Employee Advisors. 

It is also ideal for supporting those who have already completed a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England course and can support and enhance the already valuable skills of MHFAiders® and Wellbeing Champions in supporting individuals in crisis. 

Course outcomes

Learners will gain: 

  • Knowledge to spot the signs of someone who may be thinking about suicide​ 
  • Confidence to intervene and help create a suicide-safety plan as a first aid approach​ 
  • Skills to offer support to someone in distress or who may be experiencing suicide thoughts​ 
  • Knowledge of helpful and destigmatising language when talking about suicide 
  • A deep understanding of how you would have a supportive conversation with someone who needs to stay safe from suicide​ 
  • An understanding of factors that contribute to suicide thoughts

  • Online course structured across four sessions. Each session is 1hr 30min, with intermittent breaks throughout
  • All course materials are digital
  • Learning takes place through an instructor-led live session with group activities and discussions
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn 


Everyone who completes this course gets:  

  • A digital workbook including a helpful toolkit to support ​their own mental health​ 
  • A certificate of attendance​ 

Contact us

Get in touch with our workplace mental health experts to learn more and to discuss your organisation's requirements:

Contact the team


We strive to create courses and resources that everyone can access. When you book training through MHFA England, please specify if you will need course materials in accessible formats.

Visit our accessibility page for more information.

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“Really well delivered course with useful techniques which I will use in the future. The workbook is also very useful as a reference guide. I think everyone could benefit from this course.”

Merseyside Police

Course structure

  • Introduction: Ourselves and suicide prevention ​ 
  • Stigma, survivors of bereavement by suicide and the hidden toll​ 
  • Suicide – the ripple effect​ 
  • Intention of behaviour vs outcome of behaviour ​ 
  • Possible causes of suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour​ 
  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention ​ 
  • Partnership working​ 
  • “I’m so glad you told me”  
  • Meeting the needs of a person who is thinking about suicide ​ 
  • Suicide-safety guide​ 
  • Recognising suicide and asking about suicide​ 
  • Listening and understanding options ​ 
  • Suicide-safety guide cont.​ 
  • Coping plan ​ 
  • Suicide-safety and self-care​ 
  • Future learning ​