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 recognise these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).
safeTALK is an excellent tool for anyone in the workplace who wants to become alert to the dangers of suicide, including staff who support colleagues as part of their role, or who link with customers/clients either on the telephone or face-to-face.
safeTALK is a powerful experience. You can expect to feel challenged, empowered, and hopeful. The trainer will demonstrate the importance of suicide alertness and help you identify ways people invite help when they’re at risk.
safeTALK’s steps provide a simple, yet effective method to engage with people at risk and connect them with resources that can carry out a full-scale intervention. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a chance to practise these skills first-hand.
Although safeTALK and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) are separate programmes, they are designed to complement each other. The 2-day ASIST workshop provides skills to intervene with someone at risk, working with them to help them feel less overwhelmed and suicidal. Perhaps most importantly, the ASIST model also involves creating a safety plan to avoid the danger of suicide in the future.
What safeTALK does do is help participants identify people who are at risk; confidently ask them about the topic of suicide, and connect them with resources that can help them stay safe – this might be a professional caregiver or someone trained in ASIST. By providing a connection to intervention resources, safeTALK offers an important avenue to assistance when people need it most.
Many organisations use both safeTALK and ASIST to create a larger, more effective network of suicide intervention resources. The result is that those at risk of suicide are more likely to have their invitations for help recognised – and more likely to get the help they need in staying safe.
The world’s leading suicide intervention workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid, regardless of their prior experience. The ASIST model equips participants to carry out an intervention and risk assessment with a colleague, customer or client who is having thoughts of suicide.
A City&Guilds accredited 1-day course which can be applied to any professional or personal setting. Those who attend will gain the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and that simple skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.
This 1-day course helps an organisation consider the activities they should undertake if the unthinkable happened and a death by suicide of an employee, contractor or client occurred. Participants will learn the skills to construct and initiate an appropriate, sensitive organisational&individual response and the syllabus will support the production of a company specific plan.
"We wanted to provide a course that taught useful and practical coping strategies that our members could put into place straight away. In Equilibrium’s experience showed us that they could provide this, and they tailored the course perfectly."
"The training was very well received by staff who now all intend to implement the session’s practical tips and techniques into their existing roles. A large proportion of the staff rated the facilitator and their delivery as excellent and their only recommendation was for a further and longer session!"