A Partnership Between Grapevine Group and Mackay Women’s Services

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.

What Does the Training Include?

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.

Why Combine Suicide Prevention with Domestic Violence Awareness?

  • 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.

Presented by the Domestic Violence Resource Service (Mackay and Region) Inc.

How to chat about DV

In workplaces across the Mackay region, professionals are often the first point of contact for someone experiencing domestic or family violence. The question is, do you know what to say or do when someone opens up about domestic violence?

What Will You Learn?

This fast-paced, engaging training session aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to have positive and supportive conversations about domestic violence (DV). In this course, you will:

  • Build both personal and workplace confidence in discussing DV
  • Acquire specialist knowledge that you can immediately apply on the job
  • Gain an understanding of the different forms of abuse and the challenges faced at both individual and system levels
  • Learn how to respond in a non-judgemental and supportive manner
  • Become equipped with information and resources for directing people to available support services

Who Is This Training For?

This training is perfect for any professional or community member who may be in a position to offer guidance or support in cases of domestic violence.

Presented by Experts

This training is delivered by qualified Grapevine Group trainers and the Domestic Violence Resource Service — a specialist support agency under the umbrella of Mackay Women’s Services.

Don’t miss out on this crucial training that could change lives, including your own. Become part of the solution, and take the first step toward creating a safer, more supportive community today.

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.

Available Now at the Mackay Women’s Centre

Collect your heart to heart support material: Amplify awareness, create safe spaces

If you’re keen to contribute to a safer community and elevate awareness about suicide prevention and domestic violence, displaying Heart to Heart support material in your salon is an excellent way to start.

Ready to make your business a hub for change and support? Just drop by the Mackay Women’s Centre at 418 Shakespeare Street, Mackay, to pick up your Heart to Heart Hairdressers printed support material.