safeTALK: Suicide prevention

safeTALK training is not available during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Building a suicide-alert community

safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone, regardless of 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 recognise these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving mental health support.

Aims of the program

The training runs for three and a half hours and you will learn how to:

  • notice and respond to situations where thoughts of suicide may be present
  • provide practical help by using the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep safe)
  • act quickly to connect the person with someone trained in suicide intervention
  • contribute to building a safer community.

This course is not a therapy or support group – the session focuses on education and skill development. If you are currently distressed or have been recently affected or bereaved by suicide, we recommend you delay participating until those experiences have settled.

Who can attend

All Monash staff and students are encouraged to attend. safeTALK training is for anyone who wants to help prevent suicide, become suicide-alert, and contribute to a safer community.

Student registrations

Register for training through the health and wellbeing booking system.

Staff registrations

Register for training through myDevelopment.

Group registrations (students and/or staff)

Register group bookings through the online request form. We're happy to deliver group training if you have a minimum of 16 participants and organise a venue for the session.


Responding to Suicide (PDF, 479.3 KB) – A toolkit for Australian universities. A joint initiative between Universities Australia and Headspace.