Stephen Ministry

STEPHEN MINISTRY

safeTALK

SUICIDE AWARENESS FOR EVERYONE

        Stephen Ministry of FUMCCR will host a training session April 25, 2018.  Phyllis Harvey, from the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office will be the trainer and the class is limited to 15-30 participants.

How safeTALK works:  Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t want to die—instead, they are looking for a way to work through the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they usually invite others to help them in making a choice for life.  safeTALK teaches participants to recognize these invitations, engage with the person with thoughts of suicide, and connect them with resources to help them be safer from suicide.  These resources could include health care professionals, first responders, or crisis line workers—among many others who have suicide intervention training.

Who should take safeTALK?  safeTalk is designed for anyone ages 15 and older, including many in more formal helping roles.  The steps learned in safeTALK have helped participants from all walks of life be alert to situations where suicide thoughts may be present.

Who provides safeTALK?  safeTALK is a training developed by Living Works Education, a leading world provider of suicide intervention training.  Each safeTALK is facilitated by a trainer who has completed the two-day safeTALK Training for Trainers course.  Trainers use internationally standardized learning materials, including a diverse selection of paired alert and non-alert vignettes.

If you are interested in attending this training session, please sign up at the welcome desk or contact Lois Price, Maryalice McHugh, or Cheryl Smith.