The SafeTALK

The SafeTALK course

The SafeTALK course is free for anyone over 15 who lives or works in Leeds, and who wants to help prevent suicides. Lasting three hours, it is aimed at people in the local community who have no previous experience of working with people who are suicidal.

Rates of suicide in Leeds are similar to national rates, but what we need to address is that certain groups of people are at higher risk of suicide. We know white middle-aged men, who don’t have jobs, live alone and have a history of relationship problems, substance use or self-harm and suicide attempts seem to be at highest risk.

“If we make it easier to talk about our mental health, then it will be easier to help people find appropriate help and support. As almost two thirds of the people who were identified in the audit had not made contact with mental health services, we know how important it is for people to talk about how they are feeling and seek support from organisations which can offer help. Leeds City Council is determined to help people at risk of suicide and I am sure SafeTALK can play a valuable role in this.”

Using information from local research, NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) arranged training for a number of GPs across west Leeds in specialised suicide intervention training to support those at risk of committing suicide. The training, provided by Community Links, aims to increase GPs’ awareness around identifying those at risk of suicide and to have the skills and confidence to intervene earlier.