EVENTS GOONELLABAH | WORKSHOPS AND TALKS
safeTALK Workshop at Goonellabah Library
Tuesday 24 October 2023
10:00am - 1:30pm
WORKSHOPS AND TALKS
02 6625 5100
To support our community to gain valuable skills, in conjunction with LivingWorks and NSW Health, we are offering four safeTALK workshops across the region aimed at helping anyone who works with, or is close to a young person, recognise a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live.
Why should I do Suicide Prevention training?
Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Australia. Our region has particularly high rates. Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention. However, research indicates that many people lack knowledge and confidence in how to support someone with suicide. Empowerment through suicide education has been demonstrated to be effective in addressing this issue, resulting in increased identification of young people at risk of suicide as well as increased referrals to services. Anyone over 15 can learn the skills to notice the warning signs, ask about suicide and help refer the person to appropriate support. It may be the difference that saves someone's life.
LivingWorks safeTALK is an in-person half day workshop in Suicide Alertness, where participants learn to identify a young person having thoughts of suicide, ask the question directly and safely, and then refer these individuals further safety and support. LivingWorks safeTALK also addresses common community perceptions and myths around suicide that prevent us from acting, and allows practice asking and referring a young person to further help.
safeTALK is suitable for most everyone over 15 years old, though if you have been recently and closely bereaved by suicide, we recommended you delay training for a few months or until you feel ready.
To read more about SafeTALK and other LivingWorks training, including the evidence, please visit www.livingworks.com.au.