Training Options

At present we offer two training options to learn suicide awareness and alertness to help save lives

We know that many people, regardless of experience, are looking for reassurance about how to help a person who may be having suicidal thoughts. This help can range from identifying a person is giving out invitations to ask them about suicide, to having the confidence around responding appropriately and supporting someone effectively, in order to keep them safe from suicide – all this is learnt in and delivered in our training courses.

Suicide Prevention & Intervention (SPI IOW) aims to work with a wide range of organisations from schools and transport organisations to emergency services and offers training options to support you and your organisation. See below to find out more:

safeTALK half-day training

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives.

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.


suicideTALK 90-minute session

Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide. Imagine… a suicide-safer community

Ranging from 90 minutes to a half a day, suicideTALK invites all participants—regardless of prior training or experience—to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question “Should we talk about suicide?” By looking at this question in a number of different ways, session members can discover some of the beliefs and ideas about suicide in their communities—and in themselves. suicideTALK participants learn…


  • How suicide is a serious community health problem that is often misunderstood
  • How personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety
  • How the steps taught in LivingWorks’ safeTALK program can be used to help prevent suicide
  • How to get involved in life protection, preservation, and promotion activities in the community