Johnson County Mental Health Center delivered its first session of safeTALK, a suicide-alert helper training, Tuesday. This training is specifically crafted for individuals who don’t have a professional background in the mental health industry.
“Twenty new people were trained in the helping steps of safeTALK,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Prevention Coordinator Megan Clark, who facilitated the training. “With trainings like these, we are helping create a suicide safer community.”
The name of the program is an acronym both for the type of program it is and for the tool it delivers. “Safe” stands for Suicide Alertness For Everyone. “TALK” is the acronym for the tool taught in the class: Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe.
“The participants were excited about the material and already brainstorming ways this information could be shared in organizations throughout the county,” Clark explained.
The next safeTALK training will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Mission office of Johnson County Mental Health Center, located at 6000 Lamar Ave. The cost is $25, and registration is already filling fast. To register, email Jenni Leaton or call 913-826-1585.