University of Washington
Need help now?  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255
Need Help Now? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1.800.273.8255




SafeTALK is a half-day suicide alertness training that prepares individuals to become a suicide-alert helpers for those potentially at risk for suicide.  A nationally recognized curriculum, safeTALK is developed by Living Works Education. It meets the mandate for training under Washington ESHB 1336.


By the end of the workshop, safeTALK participants will increase their knowledge and skills in:

  • Recognizing the warning signs of suicide.
  • Learning the effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe.
  • Understanding common reasons for missing, dismissing or avoiding the indications others may provide about suicidal thoughts.
  • Practicing asking about suicide in supportive but direct manner.

Participant Feedback

“I think everyone should take this! I’ve been in situations where I’ve felt helpless in dealing w/ suicidal friends. I feel empowered now. Thank You” — University of WA undergraduate student

“Loved learning about how to ask some of the hardest questions we’re often faced with. It was good practice to say it out loud.” — University of WA undergraduate student

“I appreciated how it was tailored to meet the needs of our work at agency, and the directness and tools provided.” — Case Manager at Treehouse

Agencies represented at Forefront safeTALK trainings

  • AGE UP
  • All Girl Everything Ultimate Program
  • Auburn Youth Resources
  • Catholic Community Services
  • City of Bellevue
  • Cocoon House
  • Friends of Youth
  • Hepatitis Education Project
  • King County Public Health
  • Lake Stevens School District
  • Lambert House
  • Neighborcare Health
  • New Beginnings
  • New Horizons
  • PSKS
  • Real Change
  • Roots Young Adults Shelter
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Teen Feed
  • The Mockingbird Society
  • University of Washington
  • YMCA
  • YouthCare