USC’s Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute offers evidence-based safeTALK training in suicide alertness every month to the community.
We’re very pleased to host an extra event for Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network members on the 15th of October. In particular, we feel attendees of the upcoming breakfast event with the Institute’s Director, Professor Jim Lagopoulos, and Research Fellow, Dr Amanda Clacy, will be inspired to attend the training.
Every week, one person – a parent, friend and colleague – is lost to suicide on the Sunshine Coast. For each loss, more than 100 people are impacted, including workplaces.
Some suicides are preventable, and workplaces can play a big role in this through appropriate training. After all, we spend a lot of time at work and are often best-placed to notice changes in a colleague or client that can indicate a decline in mental health.
About the training
safeTALK training, facilitated by LivingWorks and hosted by the Thompson Institute, teaches attendees how to recognise the often-subtle signs given by a person who is struggling and effectively connect them to professional help.
· 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
· Certificate of attendance
Hundreds of Sunshine Coast community members have attended the monthly safeTALK events, forming a growing safety net across our community’s workplaces, clubs, households and other networks. We welcome business leaders from the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network to join this local movement to improve the resiliency of our community and save lives.