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4MH Suicide Response Part 1 Training

Aims and target audience

Target Audience:
All persons aged 18 and above

To USE SAFETool™l clinically

  • Suitable for ALL qualified and professionally trained health and specialist MH social care staff in primary, community and secondary healthcare (all disciplines) who routinely assess and treat patients with a mental health issue, self-harm or person in distress presentation, social care professionals working in Mental Health services, first responders with an assessment and triage role for people with mental health presentations.
  • Counsellors and IAPT practitioner with a formal assessment role as part of their job role/job description and within a current contract (paid or honorary) who have regular clinical supervision from a suitably experienced and qualified health or social professional.

To UNDERSTAND use SAFETool™ only

All clinical/non-clinical staff associated with healthcare, first responders working as part of a team, non-specialist allied health professionals, care navigators, or students of any healthcare discipline can attend but not be equipped for clinical use SAFETool™


  • Facilitates a compassionate, collaborative person-centered assessment, triage, and co-producing a Safety Plan for busy professionals
  • Promotes the assessment process as an opportunity for a therapeutic intervention
  • Links assessment, intervention and documentation
  • Equips usage of SAFETool™ via case-based learning


  • Co-produced by people with lived experience, practitioners and international academics
  • NOT a risk prediction tool, as all patients receive a clinically appropriate response based on a person-centred assessment
  • Facilitates a collaborative exploration of suicidal thoughts and feelings, personalised risk factors, needs and strengths
  • Uses a common language to facilitate clinical communication and supports referrals between practitioners, teams and different services
  • Supports teams and organisations to have a consistent, diligent approach – especially those less confident/less experienced
  • Acknowledges fluctuations in risk and builds-in safety
  • To enable coproduced Supported Safety Plan – a bespoke, personalised Safety Plan reflecting the individualised assessment
  • Available as paper based, editable PDF and can be incorporated into local Electronic Health Records.
  • A desktop reminder of the training, which embeds training into clinical practice

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how attitudes in healthcare impact on care of patients with suicidal thoughts
  • Deepen understanding of assessing suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Deepen understanding of the importance and limitations of research based demographic risk factors and that suicide cannot accurately be predicted at the individual level at a given time point
  • Deepen understanding of the value of diligently identifying risk factors as part of a personalised assessment in order to intervene to remove, reduce, or mitigate risk
  • Understand the clinical importance of ‘red flag’ warning signs
  • Be able to use the SAFETool™
  • Develop skills and confidence instilling hope
  • Be able to co-produce a Supported Safety Plan
  • Know where to access further training

Delivery methods and styles

We, prioritise safety and learning of delegates, emphasising self-care and safety planning for all. The content and facilitation/training styles, reduce unconscious barriers, tackle stigma and improve compassion whilst targeting competences (knowledge, skills, and confidence).

  • Comprehensive robust safety protocol for trainer and participant safety
  • Training material: co-produced by people with lived-experience, few slides, mainly images
  • Workbook provided for use during training for solo/group work and post-training booklet to consolidate new learning
  • Training experience: immersive, supportive and values-based
  • Training style: uses story-telling, case based discussion, analogy and facilitated discussions
  • Not diagnosis-driven, so accessible and inclusive and suitable for all audiences (not just specialists). so facilitates understanding and communication across sectors/care pathways
  • Webinar training involves trainers with additional skills training to ensure effective, smooth and safe delivery
  • Strict participant numbers to enhance learning and psychological safety

Webinar Direct to Participant – 20 delegates max

Webinar Training Conference – 100 delegates max, with 2 trainers and a full time ‘safety person’

Knowledge and skills required of the trainers

1 trainer must be a clinician with sufficient credibility and knowledge to deliver effectively to the participant group.

  • Healthcare and social care staff with a clinical role
  • Staff with a Patient Safety and Learning role within a Corporate service structure; if non-clinical then must be approved by their organisation to deliver training of this type

Flexibility within work schedules, and/or employer/ line manager support to commit time to onward deliver the training

Involvement of people with lived experience

Training co-produced with experts by experience, including additional peer review by  members of 4 Mental Health lived experience Expert Reference Group.

4 Mental Health’s Lived Experience Expert Reference Group (ERG): “4 Mental Health recognises the essential nature and unique value that lived experience contributions and involvement bring to their work. As members of the 4 Mental Health ERG we feel that everything 4 Mental Health produces is coproduced with us and that our opinions are truly valued and respected. By recognising lived experience in this way, we feel assured that the content of their training is fit for purpose and the best it can possibly be.”

Assessment, CPD credits, certification

Attendance certificate provided confirming course attended and time spent which can be used towards annual CPD requirements, according to local CPD governance arrangements.

4 Mental Health have successfully achieved accreditation with the first national suicide prevention accreditation program, with standards defined by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), Australia’s leading suicide prevention body, focussed on lived experience, safety and governance and our commitment to continuing quality improvement. Our training has also won several national awards.

Last Updated November 24, 2022

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