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Recognising that most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are instead struggling to manage some form of pain in their lives, safeTALK is a course designed to help recognise vital signs of people asking for help. Beyond recognition of the signs, safeTALK trained members of the community are given an awareness of the broad range of professional support services and how to access them.

First developed in 2006, the safeTALK programme has been launched in over 20 countries and includes a library of over 200 video vignettes to enable delivery to a diverse range of audiences.

First developed in 2006, the safeTALK programme has been launched in over 20 countries and includes a library of over 200 video vignettes to enable delivery to a diverse range of audiences.

safeTALK trained helpers are a cornerstone of suicide-safer communities. Early recognition, and intervention is critical to engaging with resources available to identify and avert suicide risks.

safeTALK is a powerful experience. You can expect to feel challenged, empowered, and hopeful.

Your safeTALK trainer will demonstrate the importance of suicide alertness and help you identify ways people invite help when they’re at risk. safeTALK’s steps provide a simple yet effective method to engage with people at risk and connect them with resources that can carry out a full-scale intervention.


At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a chance to practice these skills firsthand. All in all, you can expect to leave safeTALK with practical knowledge of how to identify someone at risk and link them to life-saving resources.

How to get involved. 

Delivery of the safeTALK content from Mental Health Safety Net is available to businesses as well as schools and any group within the community.

Among our key objectives for community accessibility and engagement is a “pay it forward” initiative. Through this initiative we look for corporate sessions to fund both their own training as well as consider a donation to or provide funding for the next course delivered to the community via schools, sporting and other social clubs.


We know that suicide does not discriminate and impacts all sectors of the community and every sector in business. With that in mind, the pay it forward initiative aims to deliver accessibility to audiences beyond those with the immediate financial means.


Around 90 per cent of employees think mental health is an

important issue for businesses, but only 50 per cent believe their workplace is mentally healthy.

For businesses, safeTALK sessions for employees at both management and frontline levels will deliver the tools to look after each other. This will increase the eyes and ears throughout the business ensuring early intervention should anyone require it. Benefits extend beyond the immediate tangible safety increase for the staff and their families. Businesses investing in safeTALK do so in the knowledge that safer workplaces ultimately yield better commercial outcomes. 

“Pay it forward” is a beautiful opportunity for business to invest in the community as well as in the next generation of employees. An educated workforce delivers productivity value and a safer community underpins the long term viability of business in the region.

Why invest in Mental Health Safety Net?

Because you can make a difference. 

Anxiety, depression and suicide affects all of us and by training as many as we can in the community we will create a safer place and a mental health aware place. 

We aim to have thousands of people looking out for each other, we want our communities to have kind supportive people with the skills to help others. With safeTALK training people will not be afraid to ask the tough questions around mental health, as they will have the knowledge around how to best support the person in need.

As a new community charity, we have focused on our village and surrounds.


Our clients include:

Western Port Bluescope Steel

Mornington Mazda

Bonaccorde Property Services

Mentis Assist

Mornington Shire

Avenue Press

Mt Martha Life saving club

Chisholm Institute

Functioning Together

Elgee Park

The Orange Door - Frankston Anglicare

Sacred Heart Mission

Mornington Community Information & Support Centre

Speak & Share

Job Co

Mount Martha Soccer Club

Mornington Soccer Club

Westernport Basketball Association

Langwarrin Cricket Club

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