Suicide Alertness For Everyone (safeTALK) is a suicide alertness programme that teaches participants to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to
intervention resources. Delivered as a half-day course, safeTALK trains suicide alert ʻhelpersʼ to:
- be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed or
- recognise when someone might be having thoughts of suicide
- feel conﬁdent in listening to the personʼs feelings and talk with them in an honest and direct way
- know what the local suicide intervention resources are
- act quickly to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to someone trained in suicide intervention.
safeTALK is facilitated by an experienced ASIST trainer and incorporates discussion, practical guidance, video clips and interactive learning. safeTALK concentrates on linking people at risk with those who have already been trained in suicide interventions. It complements (but does not replace) the longer Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, which provides participants with skills to complete a suicide intervention, and is the essential feature of any suicide-safer community.
How do I sign up for a course?
safeTALK is currently available as an in-house training programme from ʻsuicide-safer LONDONʼ CIC. Organisations interested in safeTALK will need to have sufficient staff trained in ASIST, in order to build a suicide-safer community where suicide interventions can be safely performed. We will consider community safeTALK training as part of an integrated community response which includes ASIST training. If you would like to ﬁnd out more or discuss arranging a safeTALK course, please email [email protected] or call our ofﬁce in London EC1.