Suicide is one of the most significant public health issues facing the world today. It has existed throughout time, across all cultures, communities, and faiths. People’s reasons for thinking about suicide are as complex and varied as those individuals themselves. Especially during this difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are struggling with increased stress, isolation, and anxiety, so suicide prevention skills are needed more than ever. With the right combination of awareness, knowledge, and skills, the vast majority of suicides can be prevented. This is where the safeTALK program by LivingWorks comes in. This online training program teaches trainees to recognize when someone in the workplace is thinking about suicide and how to connect them to help and support.
Mental health needs to be considered just as much as physical health and professional growth when it comes to the overall well-being of employees in a company. In many cases, a co-worker may be the first person to notice the signs of suicidal tendencies in others, since they spend the majority of the day together. In addition to providing and encouraging activities that foster emotional well-being, it is important for a company to train its employees on how to cope with depression and anxiety, and recognize signs of mental distress in others.
The safeTALK Training Program
The LivingWorks safeTALK is a 4-hour workshop with powerful presentations,
audiovisuals, and skills practice. During the workshop, your employees will learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.
As a certified safeTALK trainer, I will guide you through the course and will be on call to support your employee’s safety and comfort during the workshop and beyond.
Here are 5 ways in which the safeTALK training can help your company ensure the
safety and emotional well-being of its employees. This program:
- Provides Suicide Prevention Skills and Readiness – This workshop equips
employees with the knowledge and skills they need to handle a mental health crisis or suicide prevention issue. They are also taught how to detect the early signs of emotional distress.
- Breaks Down Stigma in the Workplace – The reason many people don’t talk
about anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts in the workplace is because of the
stigma attached to it. This training will help break down stigmas, making it
possible for an employee to talk and get help if they need it.
- Creates a Safe Environment – I will guide you on how to create a safe space at
the workplace, where co-workers feel they can talk openly about their issues.
Being able to talk in a safe and confidential setting is very important so that
issues can be addressed before they lead to hopelessness and despair.
- Increases Skill Retention – Because of the way our course content is
presented, there is a higher level of skill retention for participants than with other
mental health and suicide prevention programs. Employees who are confident in
their knowledge and skills will be able to identify and handle a mental health
crisis more quickly and effectively.
- Allows the Skills Learned to be Applied in Different Situations – The life-
saving skills obtained in my workshop can be applied in any and all situations.
Once your employees have completed the training, they are prepared to prevent
suicide beyond the workplace, such as at home, in their school or college
community, in their extended family and circle of friends, their faith/spiritual
gathering places, arts or sports communities and so on. Their knowledge could
also save a life during an encounter with a complete stranger who is attempting
or contemplating suicide.