SafeTALK: Suicide Awarness for Everyone

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the skills and confidence to identify and respond to a person with suicidal thoughts or behaviour

Course overview:

SafeTALK is a half-day training course that can help delegates make a difference and know what to do if someone's suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps - Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide.

The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It complements the more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren't missed, dismissed or avoided.

Pre-course requirements:

There are no pre-course requirements but the course may not be suitable for people who have had recent experience of suicide or are in a mental health crisis If anyone is unsure about the suitability of the course for them they can discuss this with the trainer before the course starts.

Name of trainers:

Julie Scott (supported by a co-trainer). Julie is a qualified and experienced counsellor, as well as having experience as a Samaritans volunteer.

Who should attend:

safeTALK is suitable for all community members and professionals. It is aimed at anyone who may come into contact with a person who is thinking about suicide and is not sure how to respond.

You will learn:

  • To identify people thinking of suicide.
  • To overcome barriers in talking about suicide.
  • To identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide.
  • And practice the 4-step model of suicide alertness.
  • Connect people at risk of suicide with further appropriate help.

Course timings:

This 3.5 hour course can be run from 9.30am to 1pm or 1.30pm to 5pm (or at times to suit your delegates)

What are the teaching methods:

The session combines various teaching methods, including video clips, discussion and skills practice. 

What are the training outcomes?

As SafeTALK-trained suicide alert helpers, your delegates will be better able to:

  • Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide.
  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide.
  • Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe) to connect a person thinking about suicide to a suicide intervention resource.

Each participant will receive a certificate, a wallet-sized reference card plus a resource pack with information about sources of support for people having suicidal thoughts.

For further information or to book places contact us on  on 01352 974431 or email her on 

Contact Us

North East Wales Mind
The Wellbeing Centre
23b Chester Street

01352 974430