safeTALK is a certified training programme that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

Target Audience: Counsellors, teachers, ministers, those in a health or justice, community workers, emergency service workers, mental health practitioners, everyone.

The programme will:

  • Enable you to identify the signs for risk of suicide
  • Enable you to safely ask someone about suicide
  • Enable you to listen to someone who is in emotional distress and thinking of suicide
  • Enable you to increase safety from the risk of suicide and reflecting on what is expected within our job and volunteer roles

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Powerful video clips illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice help stimulate learning. Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

Target age group 16 year olds and older
Training necessary?

To be delivered by safeTALK trainer

(AMH MensSana can do this)

Session time 3 hours
Teaching notes available? Yes
Information on sources of support? Yes
Interactive? Yes
Supplementary materials available? Yes



Contact Details

For the Southern Health & Social Care Trust Area

AMH MensSana

13 Church Road

Portadown BT62 3LN

T 028 3839 2314

E [email protected]

For the Belfast, South Eastern, Northern and Western Trust Areas

AMH MensSana

9 Upper Queen Street

Belfast BT1 6FB

T 028 9032 9150

E [email protected]


Identifying those with suicidal thoughts and connecting them with help

Who is it for?



All Areas of Northern Ireland

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