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For Children & Young People in Schools

Course Aim

Suicide First Aid Logo

In the last 10 years 1,792 children and adolescents aged 10-19 have taken their own life.

It doesn't have to be like this.

Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention in Children and Young People in Schools course gives Learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths amongst Children and Young People.

Teaching the theory and practise of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any educative setting with transferable skills to personal settings. Captured in a one-day training event, (City & Guilds Assured) for School Staff seeking greater understanding and confidence to intervene with CYP experiencing suicide thoughts. 


Responding appropriately from a Safeguarding perspective, underpinned by UNCRC and using a trauma informed approach. 

Who is this training for?

Principals, Head Teachers/Heads of Year, Safeguarding leads, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School counsellors, Pastoral Staff, Residential School Settings, School Health Nurses, LSA (Learning Support Assistant)/ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistance)/School based Counsellors/Youth Workers. Administration Staff, Primary Care Staff/Hospital School Teaching Teams, Alternative Education Provision, Secure Unit Staff Teams etc. 

Impact of Training

SFA: Suicide First Aid training is underpinned by three core beliefs:

  • Most people thinking about suicide do not want their lives to end, they want the pain to stop

  • Most people thinking about suicide let others know, consciously or unconsciously. Therefore...

  • Suicide has to be one of the most preventable deaths

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

Holly Clark delivers this training. With 12 years of secondary school teacher experience, a current Safeguarding Governor role in a primary school and extensive Suicide First Aid and Mental Health First Aid training experience, her skills and experience to date makes her the perfect trainer for this delivery.

Course Content

Session One:

  • Values and attitudes towards suicide

  • Introduction: Ourselves and suicide prevention ​ 

  • First Aid Approach within a School Setting 

  • Factors that contribute to suicide thoughts 

  • Adolescent brain – ACES – Matching language – suicide gestures  

  • Case study​ 

Session Two:

  • The hidden toll of suicide

  • The Ripple Effect  

  • The Suicide Continuum 

  • Understanding Intention vs Outcome 

Session Three:

  • Meeting the needs of a Child or Young Person who is thinking about suicide ​ 

  • Suicide-safety guide​ 

  • Recognising suicide and asking about suicide​ 

  • Listening and understanding options ​ 

Session Four:​

  • Coping plan ​ 

  • Implementation of a suicide safety schools approach 

  • Suicide-safety and self-care​ 

  • Future learning ​ 


A unique learning experience, suitable for anyone who works with children and young people who seek greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide.

This can be delivered face to face or virtually.


  • Delivered as one day training programme.

  • Taught using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work exercises and audiovisual presentations.

  • This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience

  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn 


  • 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

  • This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience

  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn 


Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Suicide First Aider

  • A workbook to refer to whenever you need it (For virtual deliveries this is an online workbook)

  • Self care resources

The NCSPET value this course at £150 per person.

In-house courses are priced at £1800 for a maximum of 16 participants.

We offer subsidised rates for third sector organisations. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss further.


This course was expertly presented by the enthusiastic Holly Clark, who has equipped me with the necessary skills and confidence to approach people experiencing mental distress and suicidal behaviours.



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