Sign up to safeTALK and learn the warning signs to save a life

The Mackay community is being encouraged to sign up for free, life-saving training this August and September.

Public safeTALK suicide prevention training is once again available thanks to the Grapevine Group with a session organised for August, and two opportunities in September.

Grapevine president Debbie Knight said that training in these times is even more critical than ever.

“Things are really challenging right now.”

“Checking in on each other and being aware of the signs to look for is so important in this pandemic.

“Mental health and suicide are a major issue, and knowing our community is at greater risk should inspire us all to do this training,” Ms Knight said.

The next safeTALK training is on Wednesday, 5 August from 6 pm to 9 pm at Ocean International.

There are two sessions in September. The first is on Wednesday, 2 September from 9 am to 12 pm at the Dudley Denny City Library, then another on Saturday, 19 September from 9 am to 12 pm at the Gordon White Library.

Online training is also available. For more information on the 90-minute online suicide prevention training just log into www.grapevinegroup.org.au

If you are a business, sporting or volunteer group, the Grapevine Group can organise free private group bookings of safeTALK sessions for you.

To date, Grapevine has trained over 5,500 people in the region, and their goal is to save lives through suicide awareness.

Social distancing restrictions will be followed and places are limited. Visit www.grapevinegroup.org.au to book now!