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.

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.

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.

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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