suicide intervention training
now offering safeTALK training!
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safeTALK: suicide alertness for everyone!
What IS safeTALK?
Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and is tailored for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.
What does the safeTALK training prepare my team with?
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age
of 15, 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
What will safeTALK participants learn?
safeTALK training participants will learn to:
- Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
- Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
- Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
- Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
- Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of
suicide to them for further help
Why hire VOA Illinois to provide safeTALK training?
As a long standing provider of several child-centered and family-focused services as well as having a proven track record in serving veterans – especially those struggling with homelessness and unemployment, VOA Illinois is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the development and delivery of highly effective services.
A key strength of the VOA Illinois service delivery model is the diverse range of partner agencies whose services are integrated in a wrap-around approach to meet the broad continuum of needs facing the people we serve. VOA Illinois' commitment to networking and coordinating services to best meet the needs of the people we serve is a significant part of VOA’s legacy of service that spans more than three centuries (1800’s through today).
Robert Hopper serves as the Training and Peer Support Manager at VOA Illinois. Mr. Hopper is a U.S. Army Veteran, a certified Veteran Peer Support Specialist and safeTALK Trainer & Presenter.
Why hire me to train your staff in safeTALK? Trained and certified suicide alert helpers are the foundation upon which you build your capacity for a suicide safer community. As a trained, certified, and experienced suicide alert helper and trainer, I can help you lay that foundation and make a difference in the lives of those you serve!