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11th October 2023 | Read Time: 2 minutes

zero2hero Expands Suicide-Alert Training to NSW

zero2hero is thrilled to announce our partnership with Livingworks NSW to deliver suicide prevention training on the east coast.

Under this partnership, we have been selected to deliver 75 safeTALK workshops in NSW over the next 12 months as part of the NSW government’s Mental Health Recovery Package. This initiative includes training 275,000 people in NSW to become suicide alert helpers.

Developed by Livingworks, safeTALK is a half-day, evidence-based program that zero2hero’s trained facilitators can deliver to anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience. The goal is to empower individuals to become accredited suicide-alert helpers, enabling them to comfortably engage in important conversations about mental health and suicide with those who may need support.

Our facilitator Gemma will be kickstarting the initiative by conducting safeTALK workshops in NSW next week, from October 16 – 20. Her mission is to train 170 participants, including staff and young people at Headspace Bondi Junction and all Managers at Crown Sydney.

“I am passionate about delivering safeTALK, because it’s a program that works. Experiencing the growth in participants’ confidence, knowledge and skills to potentially help save a life is incredibly encouraging and rewarding,” Gemma said.

“It is a privilege to be a part of the biggest suicide prevention training program ever undertaken through our involvement with the NSW Government’s Mental Health Recovery Strategy, and I’m excited to support young people and those that work, live with and support young people in NSW.”

Over the course of the next 12 months, zero2hero’s safeTALK workshops in NSW will be strategically targeted towards high school teachers, parents, youth influencers, community groups, peer leaders, and frontline workers. The aim of equipping these key stakeholders with the necessary skills and knowledge is to create a robust network of mental health advocates who can provide support, make a lasting impact in their communities, and potentially save a life.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to the NSW Government for their support and for partnering with Livingworks NSW to make this initiative possible.

This will be the first time zero2hero is delivering programs outside of WA, with the continuous committed to transforming the landscape of youth mental health in Australia, and reducing suicide and suicidal behaviour.