safeTALK Suicide Prevention Program
What is safeTALK Suicide Prevention Program About?
The safeTALK suicide prevention program was developed by internationally recognised organisation LivingWorks (https://www.livingworks.net/), which is a partnership that began in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) in 1983. The following is a description of the program from LivingWorks Australian website (http://www.livingworks.com.au/programs/safetalk/):
“safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.
The Workshop features:
- Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
- Access to support from a local community resource person
- Powerful audiovisual learning aids
- The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
- Hands-on skills practice and development
- safeTALK helps expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world. “
Dolphyn’s Rob Sams has a special interest in suicide prevention having worked with Lifeline since 2012.
He is an accredited safeTALK trainer and is able to run this program within your organisation or community. Rob can deliver safeTALK either through Lifeline Hunter Central Coast in those regions, or through Dolphyn in all other areas. All proceeds from safeTALK workshops will go Lifeline to support our work in creating ‘suicide alertness‘ in local communities.