safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

safeTALK is a half day workshop that complements the more comprehensive 2-day ASIST delivery and other suicide intervention training programmes. safeTALK is intended to widen the reach of suicide alert helpers by attempting to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren't missed, dismissed or avoided.

safeTALK is designed for those in the community who need to be suicide alert in their job roles. It can work for organisations that already have ASIST trained helpers in place. It concentrates on linking a person with suicide thoughts with those who have undertaken ASIST and therefore have developed the skills to do a suicide intervention.

Date of next course: 12 June 2024 in St Mellons, Cardiff


What is safeTALK?

safeTALK is a half day (3.5 hours) short suicide alertness course that is intended as that crucial first step by identifying that someone has thoughts of taking their own life. Be able to activate a suicide alert by following the easy recall TALK steps - Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe.

safeTALK trains suicide alert helpers to:

  • Be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed or avoided.
  • Recognise when someone may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.
  • Overcome barriers in engaging person with thoughts of suicide in a direct and open discussion.
  • Apply the 4-step model to connect a person thinking about suicide with someone trained in suicide intervention (e.g. ASIST).

"Well informed, able to respond to our questions, an 'easy' way to discuss someone who may have thoughts of suicide. Good resources provided.'"


Who can attend safeTALK?

Anyone can attend a safeTALK course. It is suitable for people of 16 years+ in all walks of life who need to be suicide alert in their working or personal life. It is typically taught by one trainer to groups of up to 30 participants.

It is strongly advised that an organisation considering an approach to suicide prevention will look to adopt ASIST and safeTALK in tandem. ASIST is a comprehensive 2-day course where participants learn the skills to undertake a suicide intervention. safeTALK is intended as a wider support net for people to be alert to suicide invitations and for those helpers to connect people with thoughts of suicide to ASIST trained support.

Organisations interested in undertaking an in-house safeTALK course or considering sending staff on an open course will need to have sufficient staff trained in ASIST.

"Very informative and will be useful and relevant in my job role and personal life."

What are the workshop features?

  • Facilitated by at least one experienced trainer
  • safeTALK is a half day course which easily fits within the working week
  • Teaching methods used include video clips, discussion and practice
  • Attitudes and beliefs to suicide are challenged and explored
  • Practice the TALK 4-step model and activating a suicide alert

"Both Matt and Chris were excellent; knowledgeable, approachable and professional. I have gained a lot from the training. Thanks!"

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Venue & Dates

Open courses take place in our first floor training suite in St Mellons, Cardiff. Fully serviced, easily accessed from the M4 J30 and A48, and with modern facilities, it includes ample free parking.

Next Open Course dates:



Wednesday 12 June 2024 10am - 1.30pm


Wednesday 18 September 10am - 1.30pm

Wednesday 27 November 10am - 1.30pm

Venue: ASC Offices in St Mellons, Cardiff

Cost: £45 per person (includes course materials and refreshments). Reduced price for Charities. Lunch is not provided on this course.

safeTALK is particularly suitable for in-organisation training to groups of up to 40 participants. Contact to enquire and to discuss your organisation's requirments in more detail.

All safeTALK courses must have a minimum of 10 participants. ASC reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course if the minimum number of delegates is not reached.

For further details on how to book or to find out more, email or call us on 029 2054 0444.

2023-09-13 Cardiff Met Uni safeTALK Trained Wardens II

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