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Suicide prevention training

Grapevine Group offers a holistic suite of training programs aimed at empowering individuals, businesses, and organisations in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions to tackle the complex issue of suicide. Our comprehensive approach ensures that everyone—from community volunteers to professional organisations—has access to the tools they need to make a significant impact. Grapevine Group volunteer trainers are Qualified LivingWorks facilitators and are available to present free training at your location or ours.

Equip Yourself with Vital Skills to Recognise and Respond to the risk of suicide

Sign on for SafeTALK: Become a lifesaver in your community

LivingWorks safeTALK is a free 3-hour suicide alertness training session which is supported by Lifeline and Run for MI. You can book into a regular public session or enquire about one of our qualified Grapevine trainers presenting at your location.

Sign up for safeTALK is a life-saving campaign by Grapevine Group and is supported by Lifeline and Run for MI Life.


In Australia, the frequency of suicide attempts and deaths is alarmingly high, with one life lost every 3 to 4 hours and an attempt made every 8 minutes. By participating in SafeTALK, you can help save lives. Learn more facts here.


The safeTALK program trains you to notice signs that someone might be contemplating suicide. It goes beyond the common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid the topic, equipping you with actionable strategies to help those in need. Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Recognise overlooked invitations for help
  • Overcome the common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid signs of suicide
  • Identify situations where suicidal thoughts may be present
  • Implement the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Connect individuals at risk to professional help and community resources


Once you have successfully completed your safeTALK training, we invite you to join us as a safeTALK Ambassador. As an ambassador, you’ll actively participate in raising awareness and promoting suicide prevention within our community. Your training not only prepares you to be a lifeline for someone in crisis but also makes you a crucial link in connecting those at risk with further professional help and resources.

A Brief, Impactful Presentation Demystifying Common Misconceptions About Suicide

Suicide mythbusters safety toolbox talk: Busting myths, saving lives

Suicide Mythbusters is a concise yet illuminating free 1-hour presentation facilitated by our qualified trainers. Designed to fit into the tight schedules of groups or workplaces, this session aims to break down misconceptions about suicide and offer initial guidelines on how to assist someone who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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Why Should You Attend?

Suicide is often shrouded in myths and misconceptions that can hinder effective intervention and support. The Suicide Mythbusters safety toolbox talk helps clear up these false beliefs and opens the door for more informed and impactful discussions about suicide prevention.

What Will You Learn?

The presentation focuses on debunking five prevalent myths about suicide:

  1. Only specific types of people become suicidal
  2. Suicide occurs without warning
  3. A suicidal person cannot be helped
  4. You should not ask someone if they are suicidal
  5. Only mental health professionals can deal with suicide

By dispelling these myths, you’ll gain an initial understanding of how to approach someone who may be at risk and direct them towards the professional help they may need.

Creating safer Communities Through Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST training: Elevate your organisation’s suicide-safety measures

ASIST, short for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is a two-day intensive course that equips individuals with the essential skills to intervene effectively in a suicide crisis. presented by Prevention Partner Run for MI Life, Grapevine Group supports this comprehensive training. The course is perfect for anyone in the community and frontline workers.

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Who Should Take ASIST?

This world-renowned program is suitable for anyone aged 16 and over, making it highly adaptable for various settings—be it your workplace, school, sporting team, club, or community organisation. ASIST is scientifically proven to mitigate the risk of suicide among vulnerable individuals.

What’s In the Package?

ASIST complements the safeTALK program, a three-hour course that can be made accessible to all your staff, students, or team members. While safeTALK trains participants to identify people at risk of suicide and to link them with further help, ASIST dives deeper into how to establish an immediate safety plan and ensure the at-risk individual receives the professional assistance they need.

Why Choose ASIST?

  • Learn how to recognise warning signs and risk factors for suicide
  • Acquire the skills to engage and communicate effectively with someone who may be contemplating suicide
  • Create immediate safety plans for at-risk individuals
  • Master techniques for professional referral and follow-up

Get Involved

For organisations with 15 or more individuals, Grapevine can deliver ASIST training to key personnel, while the broader team can benefit from safeTALK. These individuals should be identified within your organisation as the go-to responders in case a team member is in crisis or is concerned about another colleague.

By embracing both ASIST and safeTALK, your organisation takes a monumental step towards changing the dialogue surrounding suicide. You are not just spreading awareness; you are empowering each member of your community to be a part of the solution.

Let’s join forces to transform the Maclay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions into a community where suicide is less of a threat, and hope is abundant.

Your Pathway to Becoming a Lifesaver

Become a LivingWorks certified safeTALK and ASIST trainer

Becoming a LivingWorks qualified safeTALK and ASIST trainer is not just a title; it’s a commitment to making a difference. With LivingWorks recognised globally as a leader in suicide prevention training, you’ll be equipping yourself with unparalleled knowledge and skills. Plus, you’ll be doing your part to tackle the challenging issue of suicide in our local community and beyond.

Why Get Certified?

Our region urgently needs skilled safeTALK and ASIST trainers to:

  • Equip communities with life-saving skills
  • Serve schools, organisations, and groups
  • Boost your professional credentials

How to Become a Trainer

Becoming certified starts with in-depth training in the safeTALK and ASIST programs. You’ll be prepared to teach these valuable skills to a wide audience.

Your Impact

Once qualified, you’re not just a trainer; you’re a community resource in the fight against suicide. Let’s make the Mackay region a safer place, one training session at a time.