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SafeTALK is for anyone who wants to help prevent suicide - like clergy, volunteers, parents, law enforcement, teachers, sexual assault advocates, and senior center staff. Sometimes we wonder...

I am not a trained counselor; I am just a caring person.
I am worried that if I talk about suicide it will give her the wrong idea.
I am not sure where to turn for help for him.

SafeTALK teaches members of the community to recognize people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide first aid resources. This one-half day workshop developed by Living Works Education - a Canadian public service company dedicated to the prevention of suicide - typically precedes the 2-day ASIST workshop and offers a carefully crafted set of steps that makes it possible for attendees to leave the training willing and able to be suicide alert helpers. The Youth Suicide Prevention Program supports safeTALK trainers, but the workshop does not address only youth suicide prevention.

In only a few hours, attendees will learn how to:

  • provide practical help to people with thoughts of suicide
  • be a suicide alert helper
  • be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided
  • activate a suicide alert using the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe)
  • connect people with thoughts of suicide to people trained in suicide intervention

SafeTALK is for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide: front line workers, clergy, volunteers, parents, youth*, teachers, law enforcement - anyone who wants to help with suicide prevention. Please check our training calendar to see what training workshops we are currently offering.

*safeTALK is for anyone age 15 and older.
Younger persons may attend with the consent of parent or guardian.

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