safeTALK: suicide alertness for everyone
This program alerts community members to signs that a person may be considering suicide. It acknowledges that while most people at risk of suicide signal their distress and invite help, these intervention opportunities are often overlooked. Participants learn to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and to respond in ways that link them with further suicide intervention help.
safeTALK is facilitated by a registered trainer who has completed a two-day safeTALK Training for Trainers (T4T) course, or a one-day T4T with pre-study. Trainers use internationally standardized learning materials, tailoring examples and applications to local needs.
A listing of registered trainers can be found at www.livingworks.net under safeTALK Consumer Information. Trainers must facilitate a minimum number of trainings per year and submit reports in order to remain on this list and receive ongoing support.
Many things, personal and professional, stimulate interest in safeTALK. Improved suicide alertness may be applied in many settings—with family, friends, co-workers and in more formal helping relationships.
The fact that safeTALK is a half-day program that can be given to larger groups increases opportunities for improving suicide alertness on a community scale.
Some organizations may choose to train a large number of people in safeTALK, while inviting key people, designated as suicide first aid resource persons, to attend Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). In our experience, some people who attend safeTALK want to learn more skills in suicide first aid and go on to also attend ASIST.