Isolation & Social Engagement
Suicide Prevention Training
1 – SuicideTALK (1.5 hrs) – Awareness
- To raise awareness of how to prevent suicide.
- To dispel the myths, and reduce the stigma around talking about suicide.
SuicideTALK is a 90-minute session that helps participants reduce suicide stigma and become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their communities.
SuicideTALK invites all participants—regardless of prior training or experience—to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question “Should we talk about suicide?” By looking at this question in a number of different ways, session members can discover some of the beliefs and ideas about suicide in their communities—and in themselves.
SuicideTALK participants learn:
- How suicide is a serious community health problem that is often misunderstood
- How personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety
- How the steps taught in the SafeTALK program can be used to help prevent suicide
- How to get involved in life protection, preservation, and promotion activities in the community
2 – SafeTALK (3.5 hrs) – Awareness
SafeTALK is a half day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognise a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live.
Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training – anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn SafeTALK steps
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 recognize 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
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 the training, SafeTALK participants will learn to:-
- Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts may be present.
- Recognise that invitations for help are often overlooked.
- Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss and avoid suicide.
- Apply the TALK steps: Tell. Ask, Listen , Keepsafe and
- Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further suicide-safer help.
3 – ASIST
ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice dominated course designed to teach suicide first aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed.
It is suitable for health and social care professionals, particularly those working in mental health, teachers, youth workers, police other criminal justice system staff, faith leaders, and community workers and volunteers.
The focus of this workshop is to prepare you with the ability to provide suicide first-aid assistance to persons already at risk – persons who have thoughts of suicide. You will learn specific, life assisting skills to help prevent persons with thoughts of suicide from acting upon those thoughts. Practical learning will include role plays.
After the workshop you will be able to:
- Identify those who are having thoughts of suicide, and recognize invitations for help.
- Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions.
- Increase understanding about why suicidal thoughts occur and the reasons for living