This safeTALK is for those professionals who work with people. Mental health professionals, peer-to-peer counselors, nurses, school counselors, teachers, and social work students.
Fri, 02/28/2020, 9:30 am-2:00 pm
Richmond Wellness Center, 1405 W Main St, Richmond, VA, 23220 (this is a lovely space suitable for training, exercise/dance, presentations, art or writing lessons)
$20 and includes lunch
Thanks to Runway2Life and donations from generous community members, we’re able to offer this class at a much lower cost.
This one is for a specific group but safeTALK is a course anyone can take and it’s offered worldwide from Australia to the U.S. and Canada. You can look it up and see if one is offered in your area.
SafeTALK is a half-day (4-hour) training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide.
An ASIST-trained resource or other community support resource will be at this training. ASIST is a course that trains people to support those struggling with thoughts of suicide. The ‘safe’ of safeTALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ letters stand for the practice actions that one does to help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe.
After training, participants in the safeTALK program should be able to:
- Challenge attitudes that inhibit open talk about suicide.
- Recognize a person who might be having thoughts of suicide.
- Engage them in direct and open talk about suicide.
- Listen to the person’s feelings about suicide to show that they are taken seriously.
- Move quickly to connect them with someone trained in suicide intervention
You can download this pdf to find out more about safeTALK. I hope you’ll look for one in your area and become a suicide alert. Four hours to learn how you can save a life.