Click to read about:
- Our Sign on for safeTALK initiative
- Our Prevention Programs for Organisations
- Becoming a LivingWorks safeTALK or ASIST Trainer
- Other Mental Health Training available in the Mackay region
Sign on for safeTALK is a life-saving campaign by Grapevine Group with the support of organisations such as Run for MI Life, Lifeline & other suicide prevention partners.
In the 3 hour safeTALK training session you will learn how to identify someone experiencing thoughts of suicide, how to talk to them correctly and how to link them with professional help.
Our free training sessions are held in Mackay and are welcome to the public.
WHY DO THE TRAINING? Because currently there is one death from suicide every 3 to 4 hours and 1 attempt made in Australia every 8 minutes. Mackay currently has a high rate of suicide. You can help change that.
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What do you gain from LivingWorks safeTALK training?
The safeTALK program alerts community members to signs that a person may be considering suicide. It acknowledges that while most people at risk of suicide signal their distress and invite help, these intervention opportunities are often overlooked. Participants learn to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and to respond in ways that link them with further suicide intervention help.
It is intended that safeTALK participants will be better prepared to:
- recognise that invitations to help are often overlooked;
- move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss and avoid suicide;
notice and respond to situations in which thoughts of suicide may be present;
- apply basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe);
connect the person with thoughts of suicide to suicide first aid help and further
community resources. Suicide alert community members are better prepared to
become a vital link in connecting persons at risk with further help
Once safeTALK Trained we invite you to become one of our safeTALK Ambassadors and help promote suicide prevention to our community.
You can work to make your organisation a suicide-safe
community with the safeTALK & ASIST corporate or
sports training pack
Thanks to our wonderful partnership with Run For MI Life, and the support from Mackay Community Foundation, Grapevine is able to provide your organisation with lifesaving safeTALK and ASIST training.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. It teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety and link them with the help they need. ASIST can be learned and used by everyone – as long as they are aged 16 or older. That means anyone in your workplace, school, sporting team, club or community organisation could be trained to have the skills they need to save someone from suicide. This is recognised as the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop and is scientifically proven to reduce suicidality for those at risk.
The safeTALK program is something every member of your staff can have access to – empowering your workforce, club or group to know what to do, and how to have the conversation, when someone is at risk of suicide. During the three-hour safeTALK course, you will learn how to become more alert to the prevention opportunities and offer help. You will explore why invitations for help are often overlooked, share helpful resources and services in your community, learn to link people at risk with suicide first aid help, and know how to keep yourself and others safe. In doing all of this, you are giving hope and helping to empower a community: You are part of the solution!
So, how can we help?
Grapevine Group can deliver safeTALK training to everyone in your business, club or organisation. In addition, for organisations with 15 people or more, we can provide the comprehensive ASIST training to key members of your staff, team or club. This is something you should make well known in your organisation because these are the people trained to respond if a member of the team needs help or is concerned for one of their colleagues or team-mates.
Again, by signing up for ASIST and safeTALK, you are making an incredible difference to how our community talks about and deals with suicide. You’re making a real difference; and empowering you and everyone in your organisation to be part of a solution.
Let’s work together to make the Mackay region a more suicide-safe community!
Grapevine Group presents two LivingWorks programs – safeTALK and ASIST. LivingWorks is considered the world leader in suicide prevention training and is highly regarded in the professional sector.
Our region needs more LivingWorks qualified safeTALK and ASIST trainers. It’s an important role for anyone that would like to make a difference.
The Mackay region offers the following training:
- LivingWorks safeTALK (3 hours)
- LivingWorks ASIST (2 consecutive days)
- LivingWorks suicideTALK (1 – 1.5 hours)
- Suicide Mythbusters (1 hour)
- Mental Health First Aid – Adult (12 hours)
- Mental Health First Aid – Youth (14 hours)
Mental Health Training is available from the following organisations:
COURSES: Livingworks safeTALK & LivingWorks ASIST
Local residents can attend Grapevine’s presentations for free.
COURSES: Mental Health First Aid (Youth) & Mental Health First Aid (Adult)
CONTACT: Cheryl Gorey, Service Integration Co-ordinator | P 07 4968 3893
Mackay Community Mental Health, 2/14 Nelson Street, Mackay