What is a Real Talk workshop?
Real Talk is our new bite sized program that is accessible and adaptive with your needs in mind. We developed Real Talk for real people in the community. You told us that you don’t always have the time to come to a one or two day course but you do want to know more, to understand more about how to help a person in distress. So we designed this workshop for you. Real Talk helps you talk openly and honestly about suicide, which is still one of the most taboo subjects in the world today.
Our Real Talk workshop offers opportunities to gain the skills and confidence to talk about suicide and to start feeling more comfortable with the language and the feelings that come up. We provide a safe and welcoming space share our communal knowledge and beliefs about suicide as well as some practical resources. The workshops are laid out in a conference style with rows of chairs facing the front. Your workshop facilitator will use some PowerPoint to share some facts and guide the session. There are opportunities for you to share your thoughts with others but there is never any pressure to do so. Some people prefer to sit quietly and listen.
These are some of the things we cover:
• We explore the question: Should we talk about suicide?
• We look at some common myths about suicide, how they affect us and how they affect our community
• We explore how you can start conversations about suicide
• We share practical resources to support ourselves and people we care about
Who comes to a Real Talk workshop?
People come to our workshops from all backgrounds and just about all walks of life imaginable. Everyone is welcome. There are no name badges, ice breakers or introductions! We will ask you to complete a short feedback sheet after the workshop giving you the chance to tell us what you think. This is a way for us to check the workshops are useful and keep improving.
These workshops are designed for anyone in the community who wants to connect and find out more about how to prevent suicide in our community. There is no expectation or pressure to share your beliefs, feelings or experiences. We want everyone to feel safe and respected at our workshops so that people can speak freely without fear of judgement.
Inevitably, some of the people that come along have been affected by the suicide of someone they know or have been close to. These feelings Inevitably can be confusing and difficult to talk about. They can lead us to believe that nothing can be done or that we are somehow responsible. This workshop offers a space to explore these worries. We want you to know that you can make a difference; by reading this you are already taking the first courageous steps.
Some of our other participants have their own story of recovery. Usually, these people are not visible in our community because it can be difficult to express that feeling suicidal has been part of their own life story. We believe that learning about recovery can be an important and empowering step in suicide prevention. The knowledge that recovery is possible can remind us that suicide is not inevitable and that suicidal thoughts and behaviours can, and in many cases DO pass. These stories tell us that although suicide is a serious problem there is also cause for hope and optimism. Not only have people recovered and are no longer experiencing these thoughts; they are now living the life they never thought they would have.
Sometimes our participants are struggling with a crisis in their own life. This could be their own or someone they know or love. This workshop provides the confidence to start a conversation with another person about suicide, one that is reassuring and connected. It also provides practical advice and resources that really can help.
This workshop does not give direct advice on how to manage your own feelings of suicide. If you are in a current crisis it is important that you get help, please don’t wait until things get worse or struggle alone. We know it can sometimes feel that there is no one to understand or care. We want you to know that your life is important to us. Please get help today. The link below will take you to some numbers and resources that we hope will help.
Some of our participants have very little knowledge or experience of suicide at all. They may have heard something in the media or from someone else and want to check it out with us. They are curious about what they have heard and want to know more.
Whatever your experience you are welcome at our Real Talk workshop. Please come along we would really like to see you there.