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Learning the T-A-L-K steps to help people having thoughts of suicide.

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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: 

  • Talk
  • Ask
  • Listen
  • 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. 

Course information

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. 

Key features:

  • 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

Awarding Body

LivingWorks International


3.5 hours


Certificate of Attendance available


In person
Private sessions available


Max 30
Private courses can be booked for organisations

Who is it for?

People with lived experience of mental health issues

Family members

Employers and HR

Police officers and law enforcement

Paramedics, doctors, nurses and medical staff


Community workers


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Upcoming safeTALK courses

Courses below are for individual learners. please Contact Us if you represent a larger group or organisation. 

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Did you know 1 in 5 people will have suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives?

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