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Suicide Prevention Education
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.
Host a Workshop
Virtually everyone can benefit from suicide intervention skills training. Many members of the public at large learn CPR—and yet the average person is far more likely to encounter someone at risk of suicide than someone who needs resuscitation.
If you want to help people in your community or workplace become more aware of the dangers of suicide and how they can make a difference, consider the benefits of hosting a local workshop. LivingWorks programs contain customizable elements that can be tailored to match your organization's needs. If you are in our area, feel free to call us directly. If you are not local, you may call LivingWorks and find a trainer in your area, or Nikki Penn, LPC-S, LMFT-S, DCC can travel.
Are You at Risk?
Being alone with thoughts of suicide is one thing that is known to increase the risk of harm or death. Find someone who is comfortable talking about suicide—someone who will work with you to prevent the risk of these thoughts leading to suicidal actions. One of the quickest and best ways to find out if the helper has these abilities is to tell them that you are having thoughts of suicide and watch their reaction. Don't expect them to be comfortable immediately, but do expect them to show more concern for you than for themselves. If they don't measure up, there are others who will. Don't give up.
Once you have found someone, don't expect that the helper is going to keep the danger secret or not want extra help. You want a helper who is honest about how much they can do. Lastly, be honest. Don't say anything just to please the helper or promise anything you can't or won't do. Everyone needs to take the time to find what will really help. Suicide is not the only way out.
If you do not know who to reach out to in your community, please see the information below. Telephone and text crisis services have provided effective help to many people who are feeling suicidal and can do the same for you.
You can go to your nearest emergency room, call 9-1-1, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
LivingWorks Education is a suicide intervention training company that trains community helpers of all kinds to work in this intervention context.