This is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive.

safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

The workshop helps strengthen the role of helpers in suicide prevention by allowing helpers to recognize their own limitations and how to overcome them.

92% of safeTALK participants indicated feeling better prepared to respond to suicide after participating in the training.

What is safeTALK?
safeTALK is an evidence-based half-day training in suicide alertness. It is useful for anyone, who wants to be able to recognize and connect those with thoughts of suicide to life-affirming help.

Who benefits from safeTALK?
Everyone. Suicide is a community health problem and is preventable. safeTALK aims to create a safer and more aware community.

Who can take safeTALK?
safeTALK is designed to be accessible to large numbers of people. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training and can come from all backgrounds.

safeTALK is especially beneficial for frontline staff, employers and human resources teams. It is useful for anyone, who wants to be able to recognize and connect those with thoughts of suicide to life-affirming help.

Unfortunately, safeTALK is not suitable for persons or communities recently affected by suicide or those under the age of 15.

Learn more:
SafeTALK is developed by Living Works. Watch a 90-minute introductory video by Living Works about suicide and some of the stigma around it.

Watch a short video about how SafeTALK has been used for sports teams.

Cost: $45

What to bring: a pen and a water bottle

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