Evidence - safeTALK

Suicide Prevention in Young People

An Evaluation of the safeTALK Program in High Schools.

This report was written by mental health professionals in Australia and found:

  • Participants demonstrated increased knowledge about suicide.
  • Participants demonstrated confidence in talking about issues related to suicide.
  • Participants demonstrated a likelihood of seeking help for suicidal thoughts.

Evaluation of the Scottish safeTALK Pilot

Conducted by professionals from the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health, this study focused on the use of safeTALK within mental health, physical health, education, law enforcement and corrections. 

The study found:

  • High levels of satisfaction and increased skills.
  • Increased confidence to intervene with someone at risk for suicide. 

SafeTALK Training - 500 People in Canada

Conducted by the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition and Distress Centre Niagara, Canada.  

This study found:

  • Over 90% of participants felt prepared to ask someone about suicide after attending safeTALK.
  • Less than 50% felt prepared beforehand. 
  • Those completing the training found it extremely useful for themselves.
  • Those completing the training found it extremely useful for others (particularly young people and lay groups).

Evidence - ASIST

Suicide Intervention Training for Schools

This detailed study investigated differences between 104 school personnel who received ASIST training and a control group of 45. 

Specifically, this study covered: 

  • Suicide intervention skills.
  • Attitudes toward suicide.
  • Knowledge of suicide.
  • Comfort, competence, and confidence in responding to individuals at risk of suicide. 

Results indicated:

  • A significant positive effect for training on all measures.

Analysis of the Benefits and Costs

This cost-benefit analysis found:

  • Implementation of ASIST will significantly reduce suicide attempts.
  • Implementation of ASIST will significantly reduce suicide deaths.
  • The impact of ASIST is long lasting and cost-effective.

The study was conducted by researchers from the RAND Corporation.