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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

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.

A number of factors are carefully balanced when selecting candidates. Please note, that places will be prioritised for the following:

  • Choose Life Coordinators and local mental health and wellbeing leads who demonstrated clearly that they have responsibility for mental health training 
  • NHS Health Scotland’s strategic partners for mental health with whom we are collaborating on key work priorities 
  • Other applicants with a mental health training remit within health and social care particularly in areas where there is significantly low Instructor capacity
  • Where possible, organisations which already have safeTALK embedded in their training plans and where there is significantly low trainer capacity.

Consider carefully your reasons for becoming a safeTALK trainer and how you will contribute to the training plan and trainer pool in your area and/or organisation. Then, answer each question fully and include wherever possible specific and relevant examples from your experience. 

Due to the emotive nature of suicide, participants on a T4T may find themselves recalling experiences with suicide, sometimes with clients or friends and family members and sometimes these memories can be painful. If you have been bereaved by suicide or are having thoughts of suicide it is important you access help immediately. Please call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or alternatively someone you can trust. 


How to apply to become a safeTALK trainer

First, ensure that you have read and understood:

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

SafeTALK T4T course

Health Scotland’s one-day safeTALK T4T Course is opened for application

Date:            Wednesday 27th March 2019

Location:       Glasgow

Times:          08:30 – 17:00

The closing date for applications is Friday 1st March. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Completed application forms should be returned to

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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