Suicide Prevention Training: First Aid Lite


Course introduction

The Suicide First Aid Lite programme is delivered over 3 hours as a suicide prevention awareness session. The 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. 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.

First Aid Lite live online training offers learning outcomes that are knowledge based and factual. This training can be used as a stand-alone programme or as the first part of a journey to learn suicide prevention skills.

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.

What we will cover throughout the day

  • Understand what is meant by suicide prevention;

  • Discuss stigma and survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll;

  • Distinguish between suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour;

  • Learn about the intention of behaviour versus outcome of behaviour;

  • Unpick possible causes of suicide thoughts;

  • Look at suicide and the ripple effect;

  • Understand the Suicide Safety Guidance;

  • Develop confidence to recognise and ask about suicide;

  • Understand how to refer a person onto suicide first aiders.

Target audience

Managers, Line Managers, Human Recourse Personnel,  multi-sector managers and practitioners including health, housing, social care, education, criminal justice, call center operators, private, voluntary and public sector workers and community groups or members.

Trainers for this course

Steve Carr
Steve Carr

Steve is an award-winning mental health, workplace well-being and suicide first aid trainer. In 2022 he was awarded the pride of Swindon and recognised as a mental health training service... provider of the year for his continual work around mental health and suicide prevention. In April of 2016 he completed a challenge to walk one end of Britain to the other, this was after experiencing a mental health breakdown in the workplace. The challenge was an attempt to raise awareness for mental health and homelessness whilst also being in recovery and homeless himself. He did this in the hope it would help reduce the stigma surrounding poor mental health and mental illness, and to demonstrate just how easy it was to lose everything and become homeless when we don’t ask for help.

See what others have to say about us

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This was the best training session I have attended, Steve was so caring and understanding in all of the conversations and areas we discussed. Steve talked about life experiences and put me at ease.

Knowing the tutor had first-hand experience meant a lot. Steve was excellent at presenting the course it was really interesting also doing the role play really helped.

Steve had great amount of knowledge and understanding of this topic. He also involved all of the group and got us all working together, which was good to see other peoples points of view.


Handy course logistics

  • The course will run via Zoom from 9:30 am – 12.30pm, however, the trainer will be available 15 minutes before and after the course times to answer any questions.
  • This course is designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussions throughout and we want you to be comfortable and stress-free no matter where you join us from!
  • Your course pack includes handouts will be emailed to you on the morning of the course.
  • Additional links and information will be emailed to you before and during the course.
  • This course is also available as an in-house / INSET training session at your school. Contact us for details.

In-House Training

In-House Training

We currently have no upcoming dates for this course - Please contact us for more information or if you would like this course delivered as in-house training.