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Course Contents

Suicide First Aid Lite (SFAL) is comprised of two parts and teaches skills to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to pass the person onto a suicide first aider.


Part 1  |  90 MINUTES

  • Introduction to the session; programme, ourselves and suicide prevention

  • Stigma and survivors of bereavement by suicide and the hidden toll

  • Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour

  • Intention of behaviour versus outcome of behaviour

  • Possible causes of suicide thoughts

  • Suicide - the ripple effect


Break  |  30 MINUTES

Part 2  |  90 MINUTES

  • ‘I’m really glad you told me’ audio visual

  • Suicide Safety Guidance

  • Recognising and asking about suicide

  • Referring a person onto suicide first aiders 


SFAL 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. ‬

The information in SFAL is easy to grasp for people of all skill levels and those with no prior knowledge of the subject‭. ‬It is‭ ‬designed to meet the needs of virtual groups and could be used as a forerunner to the one-day Suicide First Aid Programme‭.‬



Our Supporters

Its estimated that 1 in 20 of us may think about suicide at any given time.

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.

This 4 hour virtual course teaches suicide awareness and the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills, giving 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.

Course Details

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.


Methods of delivery

Taught online over 4 hours via zoom using tutor facilitated socratic learning, tutor-led practice sessions, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual presentations. This course has some interactive elements and is an emotionally engaging learning experience and is delivered in a safe and inclusive online learning environment, where group safety will be maintained throughout.


Pre-training requirement

No previous experience or training is necessary. Participants will be asked to self-reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide. There is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences. Who should attend? Everyone! These suicide intervention skills can be applied in any professional or personal setting. Anyone can learn the suicide prevention awareness knowledge and skills you will learn on this course.The more people who do, the safer our communities will be.


Course completion

Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance from your SFAL Associate Tutor with the option to register for assured digital badge/certificate at an additional cost.


Date and time

The SFAL course will take place virtually between 1:00 - 5:00pm on your selected date.

Course Enrolment


Email addresses of all learners will need to be sent to the Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor at least one week prior to the course date. Virtual resources are sent out before the training date, these include a workbook and two further documents (Self-care and Values). These resources will be emailed to learners at least 48 hours prior to the course, along with a password to unlock the workbook. Learners will receive their virtual resources and a certificate of learning by email.

Your first time on the Tonic Rider programme?

Initial registration and an online consultation appointment is required before you can participate on any of our courses, groups or workshops. If you require support to complete this form, please email


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Cost Options

All registered Tonic Rider participants are entitled to the Half-Price Tonic Bursary on this SFAL course. However, you can choose to pay the full amount – this would be used to provide support to other music industry professionals through the Tonic Rider programme.

For anyone that can’t afford the Half-Price Tonic Bursary fee, there is a concession available to attend for free.


If you are a musician, crew or work in the music industry and able to pay the full amount for this online course, it includes a donation to help support other music industry professionals through the Tonic Rider programme.

FULL PRICE: £75 per person (includes Donation)

If you are a musician, crew or work in the music industry you are entitled to the Half-Price Tonic Bursary on this SFAL online course (normal cost £75).

HALF-PRICE TONIC BURSARY‭: ‬£35‭ ‬per person

If you are a musician, crew or work in the music industry and can’t afford the Half-Price Tonic Bursary option, there is a concession available to attend this SFAL course for FREE through our Full Price Tonic Bursary‭.‬


We want to give people the ability to recognise the warning signs and to feel confident in approaching that conversation.

Jade Hughes

Suicide First Aid Tutor

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