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Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts can affect people of all ages and this online CPD approved training has been designed for those working with adults, children and young people. The Suicidal Thoughts training course looks at why some people are vulnerable and the risks associated with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

This course was reviewed and updated on 17th October 2023

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 3 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Being able to identify the signs and symptoms of someone suffering from suicidal thoughts is crucial for anyone who works with children, young people or vulnerable adults

Lack of mental wellbeing in children, young people and vulnerable adults can lead to suicidal thoughts suicidal ideation.

This course goes into the reasons for such thoughts, explains why some people are vulnerable, and gives guidance on how to support people in this situation. 

This course covers the following: 

  • A definition of suicidal thoughts and mental wellbeing  
  • A description of suicidal ideation and how to identify it  
  • Statistics behind suicidal thoughts and suicide itself 
  • Why some people are vulnerable to suicidal thoughts  
  • Vulnerabilities for substance misuse, social isolation and other external influences 
  • The risks specific to adults and teenagers 
  • Guidance, how to assess risk, strengths-based practice, information sharing, interventions and how to help 

The course includes a range of scenarios to enable to learner to reflect on own practice and engage in their learning; it also includes knowledge check challenges throughout.  

You will learn

  • Explain what is meant by suicidal ideation and outline why people can experience it
  • Describe how prevalent suicide is
  • Identify and explain risk factors for suicidal ideation and outline why adolescents are at an increased risk.
  • Identify behaviours associated with suicidal ideation
  • Explain how to respond to someone who is experiencing suicidal ideation

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Police
  • Volunteers
  • Care workers
  • School support staff

How the online courses work

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  • Buy the course

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    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.