When a neighbor’s tractor gets stuck or their cattle get loose, you don’t hesitate to help. But when you see a family member, friend, or client stuck in a rut—and possibly suicidal—it can be daunting to try and help and can leave you feeling powerless. Suicide is a significant public health issue in Montana. It involves the tragic loss of human life and causes agonizing grief, fear, and confusion in families and communities. The impact can even extend across generations. The Montana Department of Agriculture’s stress assistance program includes Montana-specific initiatives to reduce the negative stigma tied to mental health and connect producers with tangible, effective resources such as this safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training through Livingworks. This training teaches in-depth skills you can learn in half a day. You’ll learn how to recognize someone having thoughts of suicide, how to engage them, and how to make sure they get help. This evidence-based training is effective for people as young as 15 years old. Each session will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This training challenges attitudes that inhibit open talk about suicide and will teach you to:
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Farmers, ranchers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, business people, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm.
THIS TRAINING IS FREE. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment at each location is limited to 30. Lunch will be provided after the training.
I’ve been to a QPR suicide prevention workshop. Should I attend safeTalk? QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer), is a 1-hour introductory-level training that increases awareness about suicide. safeTALK is a more in-depth and comprehensive training that offers both education and experiential learning. safeTALK also addresses the stigma issues related to suicide and mental health. Are CEUs available? We will provide you with a certificate of attendance that you can use to self-certify with your licensing board or organization.