Type of Entry: Training
Name: Connect 5
Date added: 1 May 2020
Delivery type: Face to face
Owned by: Health Education England (UK)
Contact: N/A
Website: N/A
Cost: Yes
Target audience: Anyone
Target audience
  • Level 1 (1/2 day): Anyone
  • Level 2 (1 day on top of Level 1): Anyone
  • Level 3 (1 day on top of Level 1 & 2): Professionals
Length of training 17 hours – delivered over 2 ½ days 
Level of training
Level 1 - Suicide First Aid
  • Recognise signs of suicidality
  • Understand reasons behind thoughts of suicide
  • Engaging a person in crisis empathically
  • Offer emotional support
  • Recognise potential barriers to seeking help
  • Signpost to appropriate resources (help lines)
Level 2 - Ambassador
  • Recognise signs of suicidality
  • Understand reasons behind thoughts of suicide
  • Engaging a person in crisis empathically
  • Offer emotional support
  • Recognise potential barriers to seeking help
  • Signpost to appropriate resources (help lines)
  • Key facts and figures of suicide nationally and internationally
  • Ways to communicate key messages to the public
  • Ways to engage and encourage change and prevention
Level 3 - Gatekeeper 
  • Recognise signs of suicidality
  • Understand reasons behind thoughts of suicide
  • Engaging a person in crisis empathically
  • Offer emotional support
  • Recognise potential barriers to seeking help
  • Signpost to appropriate resources (help lines)
  • Understand societal and demographic risk factors for suicidality
  • Make a formal referral to relevant agency
  • Safeguard a person at immediate risk of crisis
  • Follow up on referral and safeguarding
  • Encourage and support mobilisation of carers and supporters mindful of consensus statement
  • Signpost to suitable self-care resources

    Note: Level 1 is not a specific suicide based session, however Level 2 onward do cover suicide awareness and prevention. 

Recommended by
  • This resource was developed by the Royal Society of Public Health – a charity for public health in the UK
  • This resource was supported by the North West Psychological Professions Network (UK) 
  • This resource was funded and supported by Health Education England – a national NHS body leading healthcare staff recruitment and development

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