Free SafeTALK Course Held in Midleton This Weekend With Cobh Courses To Follow

By Alan Sheehan

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My Place, Midleton is hosting a SafeTALK course this Saturday, 30 September, which has been organised by the Health and Social Care service of the Midleton/Carrigtwohill Red Cross and will eb run through Breaking the Silence Cobh
The fully certified and free of charge course will run from 10-2pm, thought places are limited and booking is essential.
SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone – Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep safe) is a half-day training programme for everyone over 18 years of age who wants to help prevent suicide and become suicide alert. It prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and promote the immediate safety of such individuals by connecting them with suicide first aid resources.
SafeTALK trains suicide alert helpers in moving beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide, to help them identify people who have thoughts of suicide, and to apply the TALK steps to connect a person who has suicidal thoughts to people and agencies that can help.
Those interested in the SafeTALK course on in Midleton at 30 September should contact the Health & Social Care Midleton/Carrigtwohill Red Cross Facebook page or text 086-3974913.
Breaking the Silence Cobh is a group dedicated to offering free training programmes aimed at creating suicide safer communities. The will also hold two similar courses on Thursday, 12 October in Cobh.
Firstly the group will hold a SAFEtalk workshop upstairs in the Ballynoe Inn, Cobh. This course is sponsored by Cobh Lions Club and is already confirmed to include representatives from AIB Bank Cobh, Cobh Pharmacy, Corcoran’s Centre and the Ballynoe Inn itself to be in attendance.
The second course held by Breaking the Silence on 12 October will be a one-day Understanding Self-Harm course at the Cobh Parish Centre from 10am-4pm. This course is suitable for people such as youth workers, teachers, residential care staff, Gardaí, etc. who work with young people. It aims to develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of self-harm, the reasons underlying self-harm behaviour, and also to consider the news of people who self-harm.
To register for either of the SAFEtalk or Understanding Self-Harm courses, email breakingthesilencecobh@gmail.com.
If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, while Pieta House in Cork can be contacted at 021 434 1400. 1life, a 24 hour suicide prevention helpline and text message service, can be reached at 1-800-247-100. Also www.yourmentalhealth.ie offers a directory of mental health services.

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