SafeTALK Workshops Aim To Prevent Suicide

St Sylvester’s GAA club Malahide held a safeTALK workshop recently at their clubhouse for members and locals of the area.

SafeTALK is a half day alertness training programme funded by the HSE that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide alert helper. The programme prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

These specific skills are known as suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them may use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Since its development in Canada in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world.

The core belief of the programme is that suicide is preventable, and that prevention starts in the community.

Everyone in a community has a part to play, and research has shown that virtually anyone can learn the skills to become a suicide intervention caregiver.Saving lives in this way is possible because most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with overwhelming pain in their lives.

Speaking to the County Leader, trainer Louise Nolan said, “We know that most people, given the choice, would choose life and try to work through their difficulties, if they could only get help from someone with the right knowledge and skills. The belief is that by teaching these skills to as many people as possible, it can help the world become safer from suicide, one community at a time, one intervention at a time.”

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