Hazel Behan has been in touch to ask if anyone would like to see a SafeTalk course taking place in Delvin.

I am very passionate about suicide alertness and suicide prevention. As a result, I have been in talks with the wonderful people who deliver SafeTalk training. Together we have decided to roll out training across Westmeath, paying particular attention to rural areas and communities who ordinarily may not have the chance to take part in something so vital.

SafeTalk is a FREE service and available to everyone and something I feel we all should have.

If you would like to take part, please drop Hazel a line via Facebook.

SafeTALK ‘suicide alertness for everyone’ is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Participants learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide in only a few hours. Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.