safeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone

safeTALK is a half-day (3.5 hours) training course that can help you make a difference. 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 and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support.

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

For more information about this course, please visit the safeTALK page at

Who is it for?

Everyone! safeTALK is suitable for all community members and professionals.

What are the course aims?

  • Identify people thinking of suicide.
  • Overcome barriers in talking about suicide.
  • Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide.
  • Practice using the 4-step model of suicide alertness.
  • Connect people at risk of suicide with further appropriate help.

What are the teaching methods?

The session combines various teaching methods, including:

  • Video clips.
  • Discussion.
  • Practice.

What are the training outcomes?

As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you 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.

Additionally, 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.

A safeTALK participant says...

safeTALK is informative, clear and concise I feel much more confident to ask people if they are thinking about suicide and know how to help them.


  Individual place
Standard price £68.00
Voluntary sector organisation or
smaller* organisation (any sector)
Funded place (check eligibility) £0.00
* smaller means less than 50 paid staff.

Make a booking - Individual place

We regularly run training courses in Brighton & Hove that anyone can book onto. Please check our list of upcoming courses and make a booking by clicking the Eventbrite link below. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit card, cheque or invoice.

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Make a booking - Whole course

This is a cost-effective way of training between 10 and 30 people in your own venue. One trainer and a community resource facilitate the safeTALK session, which lasts 3.5 hours with two short breaks. Please contact us at for a quote, available dates or more information.

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Latest News!

19 January 2018

Free places on LGBT suicideTALK workshop

As part of LGBT HISTORY MONTH & The B Right On LGBT Community Festival

suicideTALK: A one-hour exploration and awareness-raising session suitable for all individuals and groups within communities. If you are concerned about suicide in your community this training can help you talk about one of the most taboo subjects in the world today.

If you work face to face with members of the LGBT community then SuicideTalk is for you. Grassroots Suicide Prevention, LGBT Switchboard, MindOut and the LGBT Community Safety Forum are working together to ensure that those working in the LGBT community are trained in having conversations about suicide.


15 January 2018

1st Credit announces suicide prevention partnership with Grassroots

Ethical debt purchaser and credit management firm 1st Credit is to partner suicide prevention charity Grassroots in 2018 in a bid to improve the experiences of vulnerable customers.

With Grassroots as its chosen charity for 2018, 1st Credit, part of global credit management group Intrum, will train its own staff in suicide prevention as well as raising money and helping the charity increase its reach across the financial services sector.


10 January 2018

A year with Grassroots - looking back at 2017's highlights

This year we have trained over 1,000 people in Suicide alertness and Suicide prevention, we have reached over 37,000 downloads of our #StayAlive app (still counting), and so far more than 2,500 people have taken our “Tell Me” suicide prevention pledge.

Read more on our blog...

More news...

Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
Available on the App Store
Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."
National Suicide Prevention Alliance Member

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives