Suicide Prevention: safeTALK

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This 4-hour focused topic training for caregivers and Social Service Specialists is a life-saving program developed to prepare 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 resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Training features:

  • Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Hands-on skills practice and development

safeTALK helps expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world.

Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Stephen P. Miller

With over 10 years working in nonprofit organizations in Seattle and Portland, Stephen brings a commitment to social justice and a firm belief in strategic problem-solving. In addition to being an infrastructure and organization management guru, Stephen is a master safeTALK suicide prevention trainer and youth advocate. Stephen has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs and passionately believes in in the power of prevention.

This year, Forefront continued to change behaviors by offering training that meets the legislative mandate passed in 2012. We offered 55 AMSR workshops to 2,682 professionals. AMSR (Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk) is a 6-hour workshop that showcases the 24 core competencies for handling the common dilemmas that behavioral health professionals face in the process of trying to help an individual at risk for suicide.  Overall, 94% of the community AMSR participants reported being satisfied with the expertise of the trainer, and 90% would recommend this training.  We also offered AMSR to 116 social work graduate students. We believe that it is important to have the knowledge and skills before you graduate and begin your professional career!  In addition to AMSR, Forefront offered SafeTALK training to 300 participants. Seventy-three people participated in a customized 1-hour recognition and referral training, and 43 participated in a customized 3-hour recognition, referral, and safety planning training. Lastly, 50 people attended our Advocacy Day skills training and 24 attended the Education Day training.

Length (hours)





Caregivers, Social Workers

Audience Description

Caregivers, licensed, unlicensed, relative and fictive kin.

Social Service Specialists

Dates and Locations

There are no trainings scheduled for this course.

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