18KEC509 safeTALK Training Programme for Post Primary Teachers

Date:          Thursday 25th October 2018 (9am-1pm) (light lunch will be provided at the end of the training session)

Venue:       Kildare Education Centre 

What is safeTALK?

safeTALK is an internationally recognised half-day training programme that supports participants to recognise and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide, and to connect them with community resources.  These specific skills are called suicide alertness.


The programme stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide.  Participants are supported to be able to use the word suicide I their conversations.


Role of the training:

The training will support teachers at an individual level. Teachers are not trained to train other teachers/individuals.


Who is safeTALK for?

This training is suitable for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become suicide alert.


Who is safeTALK not for?

safeTALK is not suitable for any individual who has been bereaved by suicide in the last 12 months.


How long is the training?

The training will run for 4 hours. All participants will complete a pre and post evaluation on the day.


What have teachers said who have done this training?

Teacher 1: ‘Excellent training, very interactive, involving participants, makes it a lot easier to talk about suicide’.


Teacher 2: ‘Wonderful course - I feel so much more confident in dealing with this issue’.


Teacher 3: ‘Excellent training. V. informative, good mix of teaching methods and feel a lot more confident addressing this issue now’.


Participant Learning Objectives:

·        To identify people who have thoughts of suicide.

·        Recognise that invitations to help that are often overlooked

·        Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide risk.

·       Apply the TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep safe) steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to people and agencies that can help.

·       Connect the person with thoughts of suicide to suicide first aid help and further community resources.

·       Increased knowledge of resources in your local community

Participant Learning Outcomes:

    • Attitudes/knowledge in relation to suicidal behaviour have changed
    • Have developed a greater understanding of the stigma and taboo surrounding suicide
    • Improved knowledge about suicidal behaviour and risk factors
    • Have increased confidence to deal with suicidal behaviour



Event Properties

Event Date 25-10-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 25-10-2018 1:00 pm
Capacity 30
Registered 17
Cut off date 24-10-2018
Individual Price Free
Location Kildare Education Centre
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  • Address:
    Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co Kildare,
  • Eircode:
    R51 KN66