Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

MHFA Conversations about Suicide

As a stand-alone course, MHFA Conversations about Suicide training is a complement to the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course.

MHFA Conversations about Suicide is an essential training course for anyone seeking to make a difference in times of crisis. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can leave individuals feeling trapped, but with the right support, lives can be saved. In Australia alone, there were 3,249 suicides reported in 2022. Globally, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. It’s a preventable tragedy.

This course empowers you to recognise the warning signs and take action. By understanding how to engage in conversations about suicide, you can provide vital support to those in need. Whether it’s a family member, friend, colleague, or even a stranger, your skills can make a significant impact.

MHFA Conversations about Suicide equips you with the knowledge and resources to guide individuals towards help and hope. Together, we can create a safer environment where everyone feels understood and supported.


Online or onsite training for 5 (four) hours.

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person training, teaches how to offer support to a person experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Thoughts of suicide are quite common, but they are not always acted upon. Mental health first aid actions that any member of the public can take to decrease the risk of a person acting on thoughts of suicide. Mental health first aid actions can help to keep the person safe until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

During the MHFA for the Suicidal Person training you will learn:

  • about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context
  • how to recognise the early-warning signs for suicide
  • how to confidently support and assist a person in crisis situation
  • what to say and do
  • how to start a conversation with someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • practical skills to put into action
  • where the person can get help
  • how to make a safety plan
  • MHFA Conversations about Suicide Training handbook
  • Certificate of completion

The cost of the training is – $125+GST

Please note that the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person training is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently grieving by suicide.  MHFA for the Suicidal Person training is not a therapy or support group. This evidence-based course has been developed by the input of mental health professionals, researchers and consumer advocates.

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person training course is a face to face course and is based on MHFA’s expert consensus guidelines ‘Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours: First Aid Guidelines’.

At the completion of the course you will be have practical skills and knowledge to have a conversation with a suicidal person. This training complements the 12-hour Standard MHFA training course. If you would like to become an accredited first aider, you are required to attend SMHFA training.

WHS and Training Compliance Solutions offer high-quality training courses on a range of topics to all organisations and the general public. If you would like to us to deliver onsite MHFA for the Suicidal Person training session, call our team on 07 5499 2406.