Suicide Prevention Education
Mental Health Safety Net is a local charity set up to provide suicide prevention education on the Mornington Peninsula. Our mission is to equip people with the knowledge and tools to be able to look out for and assist any people in our community that may be struggling with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts.
Starting on the Mornington Peninsula, our aim is to reduce the number of suicides in the community by working with business, community, schools and sporting clubs.
Mental Health Safety Net.
What We Do.
What is safeTALK Training?
safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior 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 intervention resources.
Mental Health Safety Net adapts the content from the Livingworks safeTALK framework for tailored delivery to audiences ranging from secondary schools to community groups as well as businesses invested in employee mental health awareness.
Content delivered to the community via sporting clubs, volunteer groups, support services and other connection points creates a broader awareness of extended resources available to protect vulnerable members of our work and social groups.
Recipients of the course are not expected to be mental health professionals on completion.
The core objective is to;
1. Raise awareness of the issues
2. Increase access to meaningful solutions
3. Normalise the discussions required to ensure every member of our community has access to the resources available to support mental health wellbeing
This is so important. Everyone needs to know this information.
Who We Are.
Mental Health Safety Net was founded in 2021 by passionate Mornington Peninsula local Michael Simmons.
After a number of years working in Mental Health awareness and hearing of the number of people lost to suicide in our local community, Michael decided it was time to provide the community with greater tools to support each other.
"I truly believe that if we increase the number of people trained in our community, we will be able to support our friends, work mates, teammates and our families. This will lead to early intervention, less people dealing with severe cases of mental health struggles and it will be a big step to help those thinking of suicide."
An experienced and passionate trainer, Michael is able create a comfortable and safe space for participants to feel engaged and empowered. Keep you eye out for Michael in the MHSN ute, generously donated by Mornington Mazda.