safeTALK Program

LivingWorks safeTALK is a 3.5-hour suicide alertness training available to anyone interested in learning to be suicide aware and for all levels of experience. The content:

  • fills a gap between recognition and connection to suicide intervention- trained resources
  • stresses safety while challenging taboos
  • provides a framework for understanding and addressing the low recognition rate of those with suicidal thoughts
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  • provides graduated exposure to practice actions using non-alert and alert video scenarios
  • respects participants while balancing support and required action steps

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. safeTALK participants learn to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and to respond in ways that link them with further suicide intervention help. Suicide alert helpers contribute to a suicide safer community. It is intended that safeTALK participants will be better prepared to:

  • recognise that invitations to help are often overlooked
  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss and avoid conversations around suicide
  • notice and respond to situations in which thoughts of suicide may be present
  • apply basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe)
  • connect the person with thoughts of suicide to suicide first aid help and communityresources

Suicide alert community members are better prepared to become a vital link in connecting people at risk with further help. safeTALK is designed to complement the LivingWorks ASIST workshop (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). The programs share the same beliefs about suicide and preventing suicide.

Interested in the safeTALK program?

If you’d like more information on this course, please complete the form below, and we’ll send you out an information pack, or contact Lifeline Central Coast on 1300 152 854