In line with Federal Government and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer’s advice in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and gatherings, Flinders University has made the decision to cancel ALL events, activities, meetings and gatherings at Oasis until further notice.

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.

The training runs for 3.5 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.

Two workshops were run in 2019 and the feedback from participants was excellent:

Good, clear information and steps about how to recognise and approach someone we are concerned about. Thankyou!

It has really helped clear up some of the ‘taboo’ about suicide and made me more alert to people experiencing suicidal thoughts in the community and ways to help them.

Very good. The safeTALK framework was easy to use and the role plays gave us great practice. 

This training will add to my knowledge about how I speak to people. I will be more elaborate and in-depth when I offer a hand.

Good training that gives some practical skills to use when someone has suicidal thoughts. It gives clear goals and tells you what to do step-by-step.

The session was very informative and insightful. It provides key concepts that can be applied in many/all areas and with people from all walks of life (suicide doesn’t discriminate). I feel good knowing I have participated in this workshop know that I can make a difference. Thank you.

The trainer was prepared and engaging. The role play section was highly useful in breaking down barriers to effectively talk with a person nurturing suicidal thoughts. I feel well prepared now.

safeTALK will be returning in 2020. Stay tuned for dates and times.

In the meantime, to register your interest in attending a future session, please email Lisa on

You can earn 20 Horizon Award points for this activity. Certificate of attendance provided at the end of the program.

By attending activities such as this, you are developing skills that will not only help you at university but also in your future career. Participating in professional development activities while at university can give you the edge when it comes time to apply for jobs and will help you develop positive professional habits.

Horizon Professional Development Award

  • Free professional development program for all Flinders students
  • Formal recognition for activities you participate in
  • Over 150 activities/experiences to choose from
  • No time restrictions

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