safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Become suicide alert and help reduce suicide risk in the community.

safeTALK is a half day workshop that complements the more comprehensive 2-day ASIST delivery and other suicide intervention training programmes. safeTALK is intended to widen the net of suicide alert helpers by attempting to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren't missed, dismissed or avoided. 

safeTALK is designed for those in the community who need to be suicide alert in their job roles. It can also work for organisations that already have ASIST trained helpers in place. It concentrates on linking a person with suicide thoughts with those who have undertaken ASIST and therefore have developed the skills to do a suicide intervention. 

What is safeTALK? 

safeTALK is a half day (3.5 hours) short suicide alertness course that is intended as that crucial first step by identifying that someone has thoughts of taking their own life.  Be able to activate a suicide alert by following the easy recall TALK steps - Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. 

safeTALK trains suicide alert helpers to: 

  • Be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed or avoided.
  • Recognise when someone may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.
  • Overcome barriers in engaging person with thoughts of suicide in a direct and open discussion.
  • Apply the 4-step model to connect a person thinking about suicide with someone trained in suicide intervention (e.g. ASIST).
 
Who can attend safeTALK? 

Anyone can attend a safeTALK course. It is suitable for people of 16 years+ in all walks of life who need to be suicide alert in their working or personal life. It is typically taught by one trainer to groups of up to 30 participants.  

It is strongly advised that an organisation considering an approach to suicide prevention will look to adopt ASIST and safeTALK in tandem. ASIST is a comprehensive 2-day course where participants learn the skills to undertake a suicide intervention. safeTALK is intended as a wider support net for people to be alert to suicide invitations and for those helpers to connect people with thoughts of suicide to ASIST trained support. 

Organisations interested in undertaking an in-house safeTALK course or considering sending staff on an open course will need to have sufficient staff trained in ASIST. 

 

What are the workshop features? 
  • Facilitated by at least one experienced trainer
  • safeTALK is a half day course which easily fits within the working week
  • Teaching methods used include video clips, discussion and practice
  • Attitudes and beliefs to suicide are challenged and explored
  • Practice the TALK 4-step model and activating a suicide alert

 

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Venue & Dates

Open courses take place in our first floor training suite in St Mellons, Cardiff. Fully serviced and with modern facilities, it includes ample free parking.

safeTALK is particularly suitable for in-organisation training to groups of up to 30 participants. Contact training@ascymru.org.uk to enquire and to discuss in more detail. 

 

Next open course dates:
To be confirmed.
Courses run from 10 am - 1.30 pm. A waitlist is currently in operation - contact training@ascymru.org.uk to add your details to the list. 
Venue: ASC Offices in Cardiff 
Cost: £35 per person (includes course materials and refreshments). Lunch is not provided on this course. 
All safeTALK courses must have a minimum of 10 participants. ASC will not be able to run an open or in-company course unless the minimum number is reached. 

For further details on how to book or to simply find out more, email training@ascymru.org.uk or call us on 029 2054 0444.

 

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