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The safeTALK Workshop

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t want to die—instead, they are looking for a way to work through the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they usually invite others to help them in making a choice for life. safeTALK teaches participants to recognise these invitations, engage with the person with thoughts of suicide, and connect them with resources to help them be safer from suicide. These resources could include health care professionals, first responders, or crisis line workers—among many others who have suicide intervention training.

Presentations

Video

Group Discussion

Practice

Goals and Objectives

safeTALK helps participants become alert to suicide. Suicide-alert people are better prepared to connect persons with thoughts of suicide with life-affirming help. Over the course of their training,
safeTALK participants will learn to:

safeTALK and ASIST: Creating Suicide-Safer Communities

safeTALK is designed to complement ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), LivingWorks’ two- day suicide intervention skills workshop. safeTALK is consistent with LivingWorks’ view that the training needs of a suicide-safer community require a comprehensive approach.

Both safeTALK and ASIST participants have an important role to play in helping to achieve this goal. safeTALK training focuses on using the TALK steps— Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe—to engage persons with thoughts of suicide and help to connect them with life- affirming resources, while using ASIST skills helps these resources provide safety from suicide for now. In effect, safeTALK and ASIST-trained helpers work together with individuals to help them keep safe from suicide.

ASIST’s intervention model involves establishing a collaborative relationship to work through suicide to a place of safety. Many training participants include safeTALK and ASIST in their suicide prevention toolkit.

Who delivers safeTalk

Chris Wright
safeTALK Facilitator

Chris has a wealth of experience in the mental health field having worked between Higher Education support, third sector organisations and private training consultancy for over 10 years both in strategic and practitioner capacities. 

During his time as a wellbeing practitioner, Chris worked extensively with adults in Higher Education, supporting them to develop strategies to better manage the impact of conditions such as bipolar, anxiety & depression and psychosis.

Sarah Jones
Associate

Sarah is a highly experienced wellbeing practitioner, having worked in support and wellbeing since 1991 and been employed by Mind for 18 years in a variety of roles.


She recently set up her organisation Uplifted Wellbeing and since this time has been co-delivering with me on the ASIST suicide intervention programmes we run throughout Wales and the South West, as well as supporting our safeTALK workshops as a Community Resource helper.

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Angela McMillan (MBACP)
Associate

Angela set up her organisation, Elemental Health after working as a counselling services manager, psychotherapist and trainer in educational establishments.

She recognised that students and staff can feel concerned about how to talk about feelings and work with mental health issues and began to deliver training that gave people the confidence to use these skills to support themselves and others. Angela works with us to support our safeTALK workshops as a highly experienced Community Resource helper.

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Sarah Jones
Associate

Sarah is a highly experienced wellbeing practitioner, having worked in support and wellbeing since 1991 and been employed by Mind for 18 years in a variety of roles.


She recently set up her organisation Uplifted Wellbeing and since this time has been co-delivering with me on the ASIST suicide intervention programmes we run throughout Wales and the South West, as well as supporting our safeTALK workshops as a Community Resource helper.

Learn more

Angela McMillan (MBACP)
Associate

Angela set up her organisation, Elemental Health after working as a counselling services manager, psychotherapist and trainer in educational establishments.

She recognised that students and staff can feel concerned about how to talk about feelings and work with mental health issues and began to deliver training that gave people the confidence to use these skills to support themselves and others. Angela works with us to support our safeTALK workshops as a highly experienced Community Resource helper.

Learn more