Community Connector Training

Community Connector Suicide Prevention

Twenty10’s Community Connector Suicide Prevention program provides training and support for people to identify, intervene and connect to support someone who is thinking about suicide, and help build suicide-safer communities. Twenty10 has been funded specifically to provide this training and tailored support to LGBTIQA+ people and people closely connected to supporting and working with LGBTIQA+ communities, as part of the “community gatekeeper training” initiative with NSW Health.

Within this program, we offer:

  • START – a 90 minute online course that introduces you to basic skills to respond appropriately to someone thinking about suicide, and help to keep them safe. 
  • safeTALK – a half-day face-to-face suicide alertness course, that trains you to recognise when someone is thinking of suicide and respond to connect them to resources to help prevent suicide.  
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): a 2-day face-to-face skills focussed workshop that supports participants to carry out life-saving interventions – suicide first aid – for people with thoughts of suicide. ASIST is an internationally recognised training program. Our ASIST trainers and support workers are all peers from within the LGBTIQA+ communities. 

Please note that safeTALK and ASIST workshops can only be provided face-to-face and not via Zoom or similar.

Training is free for individuals from our LGBTIQA+ communities who attend sessions held by Twenty10; please express interest directly through the Expression of Interest form below. Any organisations seeking training for your staff, group, corporate or other enquiries, please email community@nulltwenty10.org.au with your requirements to discuss options and fee structures

Twenty10 also offers LGBTIQA+ support and debrief for participants prior to and after completing any of these courses, through our Community Connector program.

We encourage anyone new to suicide awareness training or support to first do START or SafeTALK prior to signing up for ASIST. However, each course can be completed separately and there is no pre-requisite required for any course – anyone can learn to become a community connector to help keep LGBTIQA+ people safer from suicide.

Upcoming training dates

START: Ongoing

safeTALK:

  • Thurs 15 April, 9am – 1pm (mixed group – for LGBTIQA+ communities & allies/networks)
  • Tues 20 April, 2pm – 6pm (for LGBTIQA+ communities)
  • Sat 5 June, 9.30am – 1.30pm  (for LGBTIQA+ communities)
  • Wed 9 June, 1pm – 5pm (mixed group – for LGBTIQA+ communities & allies/networks)

Further 2021 dates to be announced later in the year.

ASIST:

  • Fri 28 – Sat 29 May, 9am-5pm each day (for LGBTIQA+ communities)

Further 2021 dates to be announced later in the year

Testimonials:

Essential training for all our community members to provide peer initial aid for other members of our community. This is a life skill that everyone, specifically LGBTIQA+ community should obtain.
START participant, June 2020

I feel the course was beautifully tailored to create a safe space that moved at a pace that was perfectly times to move the groups attitudes towards suicide. There was warmth and safety at every turn on a tricky subject.
ASIST participant, November 2019

The trainers were amazing! So good to have trainers that are a part of and understand the LGBTIQA+ community.
ASIST participant, November 2019

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