What are the T-A-L-K steps?
In the safeTALK course, we explore easy steps you can take to offer practical support and advice to people having thoughts of suicide:
- Keep safe
With an estimated 140,000 people per year in England and Wales ending up in hopsital after attempting to take their lives, it is vital that people are able to take basic steps to connect people at risk with suicide intervention resources.
The safeTALK course complements the more comprehensive two-day ASIST course as a much shorter course in basic suicide recognition. It is also less intensive than the ASIST course and can be a good opportunity to see if you are comfortable or ready to tackle this difficult topic.
The safeTALK course is based on the idea of ‘maximum dissemination, minimum cost’ essentially meaning the aim is to spread (disseminate) basic information as widely as possible so that everybody has a little bit of knowledge at as low a cost as possible.
- Learn to recognise indicators of suicidal thoughts and which signs we may miss, dismiss or avoid
- Practice having conversations about suicide using the TALK model
- Explore different ways to connect people at risk with suicide intervention resources
- All participants receive a certificate, a wallet-sized reference card and a resource pack full of support and resources for themselves and others
Who is it for?
People with lived experience of mental health issues
Employers and HR
Police officers and law enforcement
Paramedics, doctors, nurses and medical staff