In partnership with Mentally Healthy Leeds, Community Links are delivering face to face training in safeTALK, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) and Mental Health First Aid. The training is free to all frontline workers in Leeds including volunteers and peer mentors.

The team monitor government advice and are making staged changes to working safely with COVID-19 measures to determine the number of places available on each of the courses. Whilst Government Covid Restrictions have been relaxed, they will continue to train with guidelines in place, which involves maintaining social distancing and the use of face coverings. For further information on all of their safety measures please visit https://www.commlinks.co.uk/training
All the training is delivered face to face in Leeds.

safeTALK: is a half-day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognise a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps

Course dates

All courses run from 9.30am to 12.30pm on the following dates:

  • 7 July
  • 28 July
  • 6 September
  • 4 October
  • 10 November
  • 5 December

ASIST: This is a two-day course that aims to break down stereotypes and misinformation about suicide and gives participants an evidence-based approach to those at risk. Participants will have a chance to analyse their own views about suicide, they will be introduced to the intervention model and given opportunities to observe and practise skills in effective suicide intervention. Recognised by the Department of Health, ASIST is fast becoming an essential tool for all community caregivers.

At the end of the course participants will be able to:
• Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
• Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
• Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Course dates

ASIST is a two day course

  • 15 December 2022 8.45am to 4.30pm
  • 16 December 2022 8.45am to 4.30pm

Mental Health First Aid: This course teaches participants how to recognise and respond appropriately to signs of emotional distress. The course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:
• An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
• Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
• Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
• Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
• Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support

Course dates

Mental Health First Aid is a two-day course

  • 3 November 9.30am- 4.30pm
  • 4 November 9.30am- 4.30pm

For more information visit https://www.commlinks.co.uk/training/

To book a place contact [email protected]