Educational or Curriculum

SELF TALK Training.

Initiative Description: Safe TALK training for suicide prevention. Safe TALK was designed for those aged 15 years and older and aims to help participants: (a) recognize that warning signs of suicide are often overlooked; (b) move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide; (c) notice and respond to situations in which thoughts of suicide might be present, apply basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe); and (d) connect the suicidal person with suicide first aid help and further community resources. The training includes the use of presentations, video, discussion, questions, and role-play. A pocket card containing the suicide alert steps is also provided to participants at the end of the training.

Study Results: Participants demonstrated increases in knowledge about suicide, confidence in talking about issues related to suicide, willingness to talk about suicide, and likelihood of seeking help for suicidal thoughts.

Reference: Bailey, E., Spittal, M. J., Pirkis, J., Gould, M., & Robinson, J. (2017). Universal suicide prevention in young people: An evaluation of the safeTALK program in Australian high schools. Crisis, 38(5), 300–308.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good