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Become a safeTALK trainer

safeTALK Training for Trainers prepares candidates to deliver half-day Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK).

The focus is on positive learning, encouragement of open and honest talk, respect for differences, mutual support and active participation. A successful trainer would have a combination of skills and characteristics such as:

  • dedication and availability to deliver training

  • flexible attitude to suicide

  • good interpersonal communication and helping skills

  • suicide intervention skills

  • knowledge of suicide

  • established teaching and group leadership skills.

Planning a Training for Trainers

Local areas may self organise and fund a T4T. As there is a minimum number attached to T4Ts, the best approach is for local areas to come together and run a T4T. Please contact the National Training Team NHS Health Scotland on to discuss options for building trainer capacity and for guidance on how to coordinate a successful T4T.

Interested candidates should register their interest with the local Choose Life Coordinator.

Course Format

There are two safeTALK T4Ts:

  • The two-day Training for Trainers includes participating in safeTALK and time for self-directed study on day one to prepare for presenting a section of safeTALK on day two

  • The one-day Training for Trainers requires preparation of the presentation before attending the T4T and an onsite day to become familiar with the materials and practice delivery.

The training format will be set by the sponsoring agency.

Selection Criteria

Candidate's must be willing and able to meet the delivery expectations from NHS Health Scotland to remain active. Selection will take into account a candidate's skills and contribution to the trainer pool, both locally and nationally.

Becoming a safeTALK trainer requires dedication, focus and time (Significant time is needed to prepare for workshops, especially as you become familar with the materials). Trainers feedback remains very positive, with some trainers holding ten-plus workshops per year and many exceeding their targeted numbers of three workshops in the first year.

Each application must be supported by a sponsor. The sponsor is usually the local Choose Life Coordinator or the candidates line manager. The application and sponsor form is approved by the local Choose Life Coordinator.

To become a safeTALK trainer, it is highly recommended that you have:

  • completed a two day ASIST workshop (pre requisite)
  • an open mind about suicide and the ability to talk openly about the subject
  • familiarity with Choose Life and local Choose Life activities
  • experience of delivering training , using powerpoint and facilitation skills
  • support from your employer for ongoing delivery after achieving registered status.

How to apply to become a safeTALK trainer

First, ensure that you have read and understood:

  • Essential information for safeTALK candidate trainers

  • View the learner pathway which includes some ideas on developmental activities to undertake prior to the T4T.

Interested candidates should register their interest with the local Choose Life Coordinator.

 After the Training for Trainers

Having successfully completed T4T, you will become a Provisional safeTALK Trainer. Once you have delivered three courses within the first year you will become fully registered. In Scotland, trainers are expected to deliver three trainings per year on an ongoing basis to keep their skills up to date.  

Following the safeTALK T4T, support is provided by the mentors and the National training support team. To help with your learning and development, you will also receive feedback from the safeTALK Reader on your first three courses.


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