Organise or sponsor a safeTALK Workshop

Organising a safeTALK workshop in your community helps raise participants’ alertness to the dangers of suicide and increases the likelihood that people at risk will be connected to life-saving resources.

When you organise a safeTALK workshop, we’ll help you get in touch with a registered safeTALK trainer in your area who can facilitate the workshop. If there aren’t any nearby, many of the 2,500 safeTALK trainers around the world are willing to travel for this purpose. People in your area or organisation will be able to register for the workshop, and with your coordination and support, the trainer will help them become more alert to the dangers of suicide.

Here are some of the essential features when organising a safeTALK workshop:

  • The workshop must be held over three consecutive hours
  • It must be conducted by a Registered Trainer
  • A community support resource (such as a trained volunteer, safety officer, or mental health professional) must be present to support any participants who experience difficulty
  • There should be between ten and 30 participants; 15 or more is ideal
  • A large room with audiovisual equipment is required
  • Comfort considerations—such as refreshments and soft seats—are important

Organisers typically introduce the trainer and community resource at the start of the workshop. Alternately, an organiser with sufficient knowledge about suicide and suicide intervention could act as the community resource during the workshop as well. Organisers also usually collect participant fees and oversee financial matters. The trainer will purchase workshop materials—including participant workbooks, wallet cards, and stickers—from LivingWorks, and will inform the organiser of these costs.

safeTALK greatly expands the reach and impact of intervention resources in a community or organisation. With safeTALK’s suicide alertness skills, people at risk are more likely to get life-saving help when they need it the most. Organisers play a key role in bringing these vital skills to a community or workplace.

For more information about organising or sponsoring a safeTALK workshop, please contact LivingWorks.