Suicide First Aid



The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that every year close to 800,000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and thoughts of suicide are surprisingly common. At any given time, around 1 in 25 people is thinking about suicide to some degree.

For most people, thinking about suicide isn’t about wanting to die. Instead, it’s about tension between their reasons for staying alive and their desire to escape from pain that feels unbearable.

Suicide is a serious public health problem; however, within this tension lies the risk of death—but also the possibility of intervention, hope, and life. This is where someone with the right skills can help tip the balance and change a life forever.

There is help!

Is your life in danger?

If you have seriously harmed yourself – call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E.

Or ask someone else to call 999 or take you to A&E.

Help for suicidal thoughts

If you’re feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone.

Help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

Phone a helpline;
These free helplines are there to help when you’re feeling down or desperate.

Unless it says otherwise, they’re open 24 hours a day, every day.

Samaritans – for everyone
Call 116 123

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm

Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

Suicide First Aid courses

Suicide is preventable—and everyone has a role to play. At Bear in Mind we are proud to deliver Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and provide life-saving skills to individuals, organisations, and our communities. Together, we can build a safer, more hopeful world.

ASIST is a two-day intensive skill building workshop that prepares professionals, volunteers and informal helpers to provide suicide first aid interventions, and help any person with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their suicide safety. The course is designed to be interactive and practice-dominated, and although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audio-visual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

£2000 for groups (Max 25, Min 10 participants).

LivingWorks are the world leader in suicide prevention training this training is delivered by their trained Staff. These members of staff have received robust training and development in order to provide this course.

The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks and is delivered worldwide. It complements the more comprehensive 2-day ASIST course by conveniently widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided.

LivingWorks safeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice. At a safeTALK workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognising signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support. A skilled, supportive trainer will guide you through the course, and a community resource will be on hand to support your safety and comfort.

Over the course of their half day workshop, safeTALK participants learn to:

  • Identify people thinking of suicide.
  • Overcome barriers in talking about suicide.
  • Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide.
  • Practice using the 4-step model of suicide alertness.
  • Connect people at risk of suicide with further appropriate help.
  • Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe) to connect a person thinking about suicide to a suicide intervention resource.

£650 for groups (Max 25, Min 10 participants).

LivingWorks are the world leader in suicide prevention training this training is delivered by their trained Staff. These members of staff have received robust training and development in order to provide this course.