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Anyone can have thoughts of suicide. Everyone can learn to help.

Training forms a significant part of the Scottish Government suicide prevention strategy (external link) to prevent suicide in Scotland. By training a proportion of the population, more skilled and confident helpers could be available to explore thoughts of suicide and intervene. The National Suicide Prevention Programme offers suicide prevention training covering awareness and exploration to suicide first aid skills. Courses are organised and delivered at a local level by qualified trainers.

The National Training Support Team supports trainers, quality assures the courses and are responsible for Training for Trainers in relation to suicide prevention. We also support local boards to meet the suicide prevention training standard with support on courses and implementation. We are always keen to hear from organisations that are interested in getting involved or want to start training. You can email us on:

Using the search box below this introduction you will find training courses open to the public. More information can be found on the range of training courses offered by NHS Health Scotland here. If you are unable to find a course, please contact your local Choose Life Coordinator who will be able to advise you on training in your area.

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A two-day workshop that offers practical help to enable caregivers to recognise and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

ASIST course outline 

Become an ASIST trainer





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A three-hour training which gives you the skills to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide, and to connect that person to someone with suicide intervention skills.

safeTALK course outline

Become a safeTALK trainer

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A short exploration and awareness-raising session, of one to three hours. It is flexible to meet the needs of each group. suicideTALK is aimed at all members and groups within communities.

suicideTALK course outline

Who can deliver suicideTALK awareness sessions?



Training to help you develop, through rehearsal, the skills needed to assess and manage a person at risk of suicide. The STORM course takes four half-days. It was created for frontline workers in health, social and criminal justice services.

STORM course outline

Become a STORM trainer


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More questions than answers - Supporting people bereaved by suicide

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Contact Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland at or telephone 01738 444178 if you are interested in delivering the course.

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