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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.

3-hour suicide prevention training

safeTALK Training

safeTALK is free training session presented by LivingWorks’ qualified trainers and provides educational and factual information that encourages suicide alertness, reduces stigma and promotes safer communities. You, your staff, your students, or your organisation’s volunteers and sports players, can benefit greatly from safeTALK.

Why come to safeTALK?

Most people with thoughts of suicide signal their distress and invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided — leaving people more alone and at greater risk. In safeTALK you will learn how to become more alert to these prevention opportunities and offer help that increases safety. This vital training is available to anyone 15 years and older.

What happens in safeTALK?

See video role-play reminders about why suicide alertness matters. Hear how open, direct talk about suicide can increase safety. Discuss barriers to helping. Practice basic steps to help.

In a 3-hour safeTALK session…

Learn TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe)

  • Explore why invitations to help are often overlooked
  • Share helpful resources and services in your community
  • Learn to link persons at risk with suicide first aid help
  • Keep yourself and others safe
  • Talk with your presenter about your response to safeTALK
  • Find ways to offer hope by providing help
  • Connect with suicide first aid resources
  • Remember the Lifeline number 13 11 14
  • A certificate will be issued confirming completion of this training

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.

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.

In-house safeTALK Trainer Program

Support your staff, players or volunteers to support each other.

This program is targeted at businesses, sporting organisations and volunteer groups with over 200 members. The program gives your organisation an opportunity to implement your own suicide prevention program.

The experience of presenting suicide prevention training makes a vital difference to our community and is very rewarding.

SafeTALK suicide prevention training, within organisations, fosters an environment where members can more easily support each other and the wider community.

SafeTALK participants learn how to:

  • Identify someone at risk of suicide.
  • Talk to those experiencing suicidal thoughts.
  • Help guide them to resources and support.

What does the In-house safeTALK Trainer Program provide?

Grapevine Group offers funding to put your representative through the LivingWorks safeTALK T4T program (valued at $2200 +GST) and the prerequisite LivingWorks ASIST training (valued at $330 +GST) plus travel costs.

Grapevine Group is also available to fund the required $20 +GST safeTALK training kit or each of your safeTALK participants.*

Grapevine’s experienced volunteer trainers are available to guide your safeTALK Trainer and offer training support.

It works!

Mackay Regional Council has successfully implemented the In-House safeTALK Trainer program. Staff are offered the training voluntarily. To date, they have proudly trained over 550 staff.

What is helpful to know?

  • Each safeTALK session must be delivered to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 participants.
  • Each safeTALK session requires an additional representative qualified in LivingWorks ASIST, Mental Health First Aid or similar.
  • To remain qualified, safeTALK Trainers must present three safeTALK sessions the first year and two sessions every year following.

Essential skills for a safeTALK Trainer:

  • A willingness to talk about suicide.
  • An ability to actively listen.
  • Presentation skills
  • Patience
  • A sound understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Commitment to promoting suicide safety through open and direct discussion.

*Note: Information current as per April 2024, and is subject to funding.

Grapevine Group provides safeTALK T4T to businesses on the understanding that safeTALK will not be provided as a commercial enterprise by the T4T participant or associated business now or in the future.


Online training: Equip yourself with lifesaving skills

For just $22, you can empower yourself with essential skills to recognise signs of suicidal thoughts and take action to keep someone safe. LivingWorks Start offers a 90-minute online training session, accessible from your computer or mobile phone, designed to provide you with invaluable skills in this critical area.


  • High Relevance: Many people don’t realise that they are more likely to save a life through suicide intervention than CPR.


  • Age Limit: Suitable for individuals aged 15 and up.
  • No Prior Experience: No formal training or previous experience in suicide prevention is needed to participate.


  • Four-Step Model: Learn a powerful approach to keep your loved ones and colleagues safe—even from a distance.
  • Flexible Learning: Ideal for both community members and workplaces, particularly during work-from-home or self-isolation scenarios.
  • Support and Resources: Comprehensive safety resources and support are available throughout the program.


  1. Payment: The training is available for $22.00, payable directly to the training provider, LivingWorks.
  2. Confirmation: Once your payment is made, you will receive an enrolment email from LivingWorks within the next 48 hours.

For further inquiries, please contact start@livingworks.com.au.

Your participation is not just an investment in your own skills, but a contribution to saving lives in the Mackay Isaac and Whitsunday regions. Thank you for your support.

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.

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.


Heart to heart suicide prevention and DV training

Are you a professional who regularly has heart-to-heart conversations with clients? Whether you’re a hairdresser, beautician, or massage therapist, Heart to Heart training equips you with the skills to make life-changing impacts.


This 4-hour training is part of a life-saving initiative for the Mackay region, focusing on suicide prevention and domestic violence (DV) awareness. The training covers:

  • Identifying someone at risk of suicide
  • How to talk to people experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • Supportive conversations about domestic violence
  • Directing people to appropriate resources and help

Eligibility: Anyone over 15 years is welcome to attend.


  • While the majority of suicide deaths are male, more attempts are made by women.
  • Data shows females are more likely to deliberately injure themselves.
  • Women who have experienced domestic violence are 3.5 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts.
  • An Australian study reveals that women who are depressed are 5.8 times more likely to have experienced abuse.

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.

Grapevine Group does not offer support services, including phone counselling. Please refer to our Local suicide prevention services list or phone 000 in an emergency.

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