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SFA: USI 1-day Course Overview

Teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, captured in a one-day event accredited by City and Guilds of London. 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.

Course Content

SFAUSI is a full day of training comprised of 4 parts, each approximately 90 minutes duration. The program 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.

Part 1 - 09:30 to 11:00
  • Introduction to the day; program; ourselves and suicide prevention
  • Stigma, survivors of bereavement by suicide and the hidden toll
  • Suicide - the Ripple Effect
  • Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour
  • Intention of behaviour Versus Outcome of behaviour
  • Possible causes of suicide thoughts
Part 2 - 11:15 to 12:45
  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention
  • Partnership working
  • "I'm really glad you've told me" audio visual
Part 3 - 13:30 to 14:45
  • Meeting the needs of a person 'letting you know'
  • Suicide-Safety Guide
  • Step 1 - Recognising suicide and asking about suicide
  • Step 2 - Understanding options
Part 4 - 15:00 to 16:30
  • Step 3 - Safeguarding suicide
  • Suicide-safety and self-care
  • The risk assessment approach
  • Connecting after an intervention
  • Future learning
Methods of Delivery

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.

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.

Who Should Attend?

No previous experience or training is necessary. Participants will be asked to self- reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide.

Accreditation

Participants will gain 6 credit points at Level 4 by completing a workbook of tasks that are assessed against the set learning outcomes. This is the National Qualification in Suicide Prevention for the United Kingdom.

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Course Content

A three hour suicide prevention awareness session course, teaching the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting.

  • The programme teaches the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to pass the person onto a suicide first aider.​
  • Taught using tutor facilitated Socratic learning, tutor-led role-play, mini lectures, group work and audio-visual presentations.
  • This has some interactive elements and is an emotionally engaging learning experience.
Boost Employee Motivation & Commitment

60% of employees would feel more motivated in their employer took action to support mental health and well-being (Mind, 2013)

Start Your Journey

This Training can be used as a stand-alone programme or as the first part of a journey to learn suicide prevention skills

Increase Confidence & Reduce Anxiety in Dealing with Suicide

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.​

1 in 20 of us will have thoughts of suicide in our lifetime so we need to talk about it and end the stigma which is the biggest barrier to people seeking support and recovering.

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We have over 25 dedicated therapists who are qualified, vetted, and personally interviewed by our team.

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We have received 99% positive feedback from all of the clients and productions that we have worked with.

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All of our therapists are fully qualified and abide by an ethical code of practice. Confidentiality is central to this.
Why us?

We work in partnership with you to deliver mental health services that are right for you. We provide an external source of support - an independent, personal service, that is not linked to the company or studio. Thus, individuals are less reticent to seek help if needed.​

The challenges of filming schedules, post Covid-19 anxiety and fear, post-traumatic stress, demanding work schedules, adapting to new working practices, social distancing will have a large impact on mental health:

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What makes us different is that all our counsellors, coaches, wellbeing practitioners and trainers have:
  • Professional registration with an industry body; e.g. the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), UKCP, HCPC, ICF, NCS
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)certificates
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Regular and continuous professional development
  • Regular supervision of their work in line with their ethical framework to ensure high standards
  • Understand or have worked in film and TV or another creative industry
"Solas Mind have been instrumental in keeping our crew feel safe and supported at work during the Covid 19 pandemic. From support on how to deal with and recognise signs of people struggling with mental health to being a great support for myself with the pressures of working as a Covid production manager. Every production should have a professional mental service like Solas Mind onboard to support crew."
Georgette Turner, Director, Production Safety Boat Rocker Studios
"The pressure on crew to present a strong front that you're OK and not show weakness or flaws is enormous. The pressures of being freelance are wide ranging and often invisible. There is no one who is looking out for individuals not coping so it's important that there is someone external that they can speak to without fear of being exposed. The industry may be open for business and full steam ahead, we are not back to normal. An independent counselling service like the wonderful Solas Mind available on every production and training beforehand would be invaluable to any crew who may be struggling to cope. Any avenue open to the freelancers in Film and TV which gives them professional help from qualified individuals and stops problems becoming something more serious should be embraced and welcomed by all productions and become standard practise"
Harriet Lawrence, Supervising Location Manager
"Solas Mind delivered mental health awareness training for our crew as part of a package of wellbeing support and it was so beneficial. Too many people are still caught up in the stigma of addressing their mental health.Having Solas Mind on call throughout production, offering a professional support service was invaluable. In the current climate we need this now more than ever
Emma Mallett, Production Manager
"Sarah has an understanding of the industry, she can absolutely understand the issues that trainees and freelancers face and their current potential anxieties.Sarah and her team at Solas Mind have been offering 1-2-1 counselling  to our HETV Trainee Finder trainees, First Break and Make a Move participants for those who have felt that they needed someone to speak to in the COVID-19 pandemic.The sessions have been easy to book and feedback from those who have attended has been positive. Trainees have appreciated that ScreenSkills HETV has ensured that they have had access to this kind of support in this uncertain time and we have really welcomed working with Sarah to provide it"
Nicky Ball - ScreenSkills HETV Senior New Entrant Manager

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