• African Mental Health First Aid


There are approximately 34,000 suicides per year in Africa with an overall incidence rate of 3.2 per 100,000 population. Many African countries are struggling with high suicide rates, however, one thing is evident, suicide is still a huge taboo subject and one not spoken about. These beliefs around issues of suicide are the stumbling block that prevents people from talking about their struggles or suicide. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-14-606

It is time to get educated about this devastating emotional state that pushes people to want to take their own lives. It is preventable. Suicide is a huge cry for help. And you can help.  This  AMHFA online training is tailored to the African story. It is intended to provide you with the skills to identify signs that someone could be experiencing suicidal feelings and how to support them in accessing treatment if this is necessary. You don’t have to be a mental health professional – you just have to have the compassion to want to help. And this training will help you know what to do. 

Benefits of the course

  • You will learn the skills and acquire the knowledge required to safely have a conversation with a person who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours and ways in which you can help them.

Topics for this course

35 Lessons

1.Introduction to Suicide Awareness?

Welcome to the Suicide Awareness course. This is split into four units aimed to help you recognize and increase your knowledge of suicide. We’ll explore what suicide is, including the myths, signs and symptoms. We’ll also discover the five elements of a suicidal mind, as well as discussing risk factors, and investigating how to support someone who is suffering. You can increase your awareness of supporting someone with suicide by looking at how they might feel, the right things to say, and the impacts this has on the person, friends, family and colleagues. We must learn more about this subject if we want to get better at dealing with it, in order to help people in our families and communities.
What is Suicide00:00
Signs and symptoms of someone feeling suicidal00:00
Who are high risk and vulnerable to suicide?00:00
More suicide facts for Africa00:00
Suicide myths and stigmatization00:00
What you can do about suicides00:00
Why suicide awareness training is crucial00:00
Introduction to suicide awareness

2. Background of people who are suicidal

3. Supporting Individuals who feel suicidal?

We did start to discuss how you can support a person with suicidal thoughts in Unit 1, but this unit goes more in-depth with that and helps you develop your skills. You will learn about all the things you should know if you’re supporting someone who has suicidal thoughts and review how we can get better at talking about suicide. We will also consider the LLL model to help you structure how to assess, review and respond best to those who are having suicidal thoughts and feelings. Talking about suicide can save lives, so we’ll explore the benefits of supporting a person who has such thoughts as well as exploring the different external organisations that you may contact to help you support a person who has suicidal thoughts and feelings. Supporting the mental wellbeing of a person is vital. Suicide impacts a person’s mental state, so it’s this that needs to be calmed to ensure they can begin to think in a more logical way. A person who feels suicidal can ensure their mental wellbeing is being cared for: ● By talking to them. This can help to improve mental wellbeing as they can offload their thoughts and fears. As mentioned previously, ask questions and listen. ● By ensuring they are not left alone when in imminent danger. ● By showing them empathy – they want to know you care! ● You can help them speak to a counsellor – they can talk to the person by calling a helpline or in person, and help them work through their issues. ● By visiting their doctor or other health professionals with them – to see if they can suggest a therapy or medication to support the person who feels suicidal. ● Get them out of the home and go for a walk. Exercise and being outside is known to improve mental wellbeing. ● Ensure they eat something healthy and drink water. You need to make sure you stay replenished. ● Help them to create an emotional toolkit…

4. Impact of suicide on others

Final Suicide Awareness Quiz?

Now you can attempt the quiz for this course. You must achieve at least 24 out of the 30 questions to pass but you can attempt the quiz as many times as you like. So if you don’t pass first time – don’t worry. You can go back to the lessons and reattempt the quiz again as many times as you need to pass.


  • Interest in supporting somebody wanting to commit suicide

Target Audience

  • Anyone interested in learning how to help people who are suicidal
  • Parents
  • Youth Workers

Your Instructor

Shibero Akatsa


I have always had a passion for promoting mental health education and wellness in Africa and beyond.

With 25 plus years of experience, I have brought about psychological, emotional and spiritual wellness in individuals, organizations and communities, through clinical psychotherapy, community psychosocial interventions, personal development and self-care training workshops and consultancy.

In addition to the above work, I am a mental wellness and selfcare script writer and produced and hosted the ‘Shibero Show’, which aims to create awareness on mental health issues especially for communities on the continent of Africa. This can be found on You Tube .


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