Training & Consultancy

Suicide First Aid Training

70% of suicides aged 10-19 in 20/21 were boys.   

Boys are five time less likely to talk to Childline about their mental health than girls and even less likely to talk to about suicidal thoughts. (14% boys compared to 86% of girls talked about suicidal thoughts).

(Childline 2022)

Suicide First Aid (SFA) programmes give learners the tools and knowledge they need to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths, and some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide, cope with their thoughts, and stay alive.

Available Courses

• Half-Day course for up to 20 learners
• Endorsed by UK ‘Skills for Health’ framework
• Assured by City & Guilds
• Option for learner to register for assured digital badge/certificate.

Teaching the theory and practise of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, this programme is delivered over 3.5 hours as a suicide prevention awareness session. 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.

The Suicide First Aid Lite 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.

• Full-Day course for up to 16 learners
• Endorsed by UK ‘Skills for Health’ framework
• Option for learner to enrol in City & Guilds Level 4 Accredited Unit of Learning.
• Certification on completion of written assignment towards this unit of learning.

This is an in-depth, full version of our SFA training and is captured in a one-day event accredited by City and Guilds of London.

Course Content: SFAUSI is comprised of 4 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.

The Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor Training and Development Programme is accredited by City & Guilds.

Our Trainer – Joel Shaljean

Joel is the Education Director on the board of Lads Need Dads (LND) and is a highly enthusiastic partner of their work with young people since its inception in 2015. His purpose at LND is to raise awareness in schools as to the impact and significance of boys growing up with the additional need of having limited or no access to positive male role models. He is a teacher with almost 25 years’ experience working across mainstream primary, secondary and special schools in London and Essex. He was the pastoral lead in his role as Deputy Head teacher at a Special School in Colchester for 6 years. Joel is an advanced trainer in therapeutic, trauma-informed behaviour management and heads up this approach in Essex, leading the successful Essex Steps programme across the county. He trains people to analyse, understand and respond to difficult, complex and dangerous behaviour. Having worked extensively in Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Complex Behaviour, he is passionate about helping people achieve and overcome barriers and challenges. He has three sons of his own and is a proud Dad.

Joel trained as a Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor with Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) who work in partnership with the National Centre for Suicide Prevention, Education and Training (NCSPET).