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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Volunteers Needed: safeTALK


SafeTALK is a three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 16 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe.  Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.  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 KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Powerful video clips illustrate both non-alert and alert responses.  Discussion and practice help stimulate learning.  Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

The Role of safeTALK in a suicide Safer Community

SafeTALK was designed to teach skills that completement caregivers with suicide intervention skills like those learned in ASIST, LivingWorks two-day workshop.  SafeTALK-trained helpers make early recognition and referral possible on a far larger scale than any community can afford to do through suicide intervention skills training alone.  When there are enough safeTALK-trained persons available, suicide intervention caregivers will be used more often.


Trainings are being provided by Schuyler County Mental Health and will be held on the following dates and times:

  • May 3, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • May 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • June 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • June 28, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 29, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

There is no charge for this training, however registration is required. If you are interested, please contact RSVP at 535-7105 or

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