When someone is thinking of suicide it’s not that they want to die; it’s that they don’t know how to live.
safeTALK is a half-day, evidence-based suicide-awareness workshop that prepares anyone 15 years of age and older 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 a person at risk with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.)
Workshop Learning Goals
Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:
- Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
- Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
- Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
- Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
- Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help
Participants are awarded a certificate upon completion.
This session is led by Shawna Percy, "Shawna intertwines her personal experiences with meaningful education and informational points on suicide that are a benefit to all who listen. Her heartfelt approach is the basis of her engaging talks that leave the listener in a more informed and hopeful place." Tana Nash, Executive Director, Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
This event is sold out. To register for future Safe Talk events, visit Shawna's website.
Sponsored by Lutherwood and Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, and supported by the Lead Agency Advisory Council members.
Presented in partnership with Carizon, KW Counselling, CMHA-WW, Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council. #WRBEWELL