SafeTalk training event in association with the Time 2 Change Project

Last night we hosted a safeTALK training event in association with the Time 2 Change project. We were delighted to welcome Brenda Morris, from the Clear Project who facilitated the training. We were also delighted to see a large attendance which shows the interest that our community has in receiving training in what is a difficult and sensitive subject – that of suicide.

Most people with thoughts of suicide do invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided – leaving people more alone and at greater risk. The safeTALK training we received will help to prepare us by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care. For more information please visit the Clear website on http://www.clearproject.co.uk.

In 2013, there were 313 recorded deaths of suicide of which 229 were men (75%). This is a very stark statistic and a reminder of the huge impact that suicide has not only on families, but on friends, work colleagues and the wider community.

At the end of the course, Brenda presented 25 certificates to those who completed training in suicide alertness. Congratulations and thanks to you all.

Finally, a big thank you to Liam Jones and Bridie Lunney who provided the sumptuous refreshments during the training.

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