SafeTALK – Suicide Awareness for Everyone

Course duration: 1 day
Course date: TBC
Time: TBC
Cost: On application

This course is only available in-house

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young men and women, and for men in middle age – and it’s preventable through direct, open talking about suicide. This course gives participants the tools to do this in a safe and supportive way. The course will be relevant not just to advisers but also to reception staff and others who are working with members of the public, or with colleagues, who may be in distress.

This course is an internationally-recognised programme, licensed by Living Works, that enables participants to act as a first point of contact for suicide intervention, to enable participants to have the confidence to ask difficult questions when they spot warning signs that someone may be thinking of suicide, and to work towards the person-at-risk to get support from specialist staff or external services.

This course is not intended to turn participants into advisers or to take on more responsibility than participants already have. It should make participants more confident to use their existing skills following an easy-to-recall process to engage with people in difficulties, and to involve others to provide the support to keep that person safe.

This course may not be appropriate for learners with recent experience of suicide or bereavement: the workshop can bring up emotions from past experiences. While we are confident that the workshop will be run in a safe and inclusive manner, we would strongly suggest learners consult colleagues or the AdviceUK training team if in doubt about whether now is the right time to attend this workshop.

Indicative Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicidal thoughts or actions;
  • Recognise people who may have thoughts of suicide; and
  • Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe) to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to suicide intervention caregivers.

What Others Have Said About SafeTALK:
“Very clear presentation. Participative”
“[the trainer] was very knowledgeable about the subject and gave me more confidence to ask potentially-suicidal clients appropriate questions and get them specialist help when necessary.”
“Enlightening. Gave me a big insight into what to look for. Training was good”
“Very informative and confidence-building”
“Was comprehensive and enlightening.”
“It was helpful to know about how to approach people who are thinking about suicide and practice it in the end of the training. “
“Well paced, good examples, challenges, clear advice. Respectful concern for those in the training session.”
“Very good easy to remember methodology”
“I thought that this training was useful as it alerts you to listen properly when someone is talking to you who is obviously distressed or anxious about something.”

We can offer this as an in-house course for up to 30 participants as a whole-day course, with additional content on developing suicide-aware practice for advice services.

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