Suicide Awareness & Prevention 

Club Progress Reports

Sept 1

Thurles Lions Club is committed to serving the community and in keeping with this ethos; we facilitate many projects including ones which serve the more vulnerable amongst us.

Over the past few years, we have hosted and funded training seminars in suicide prevention.  In conjunction with the HSE, Thurles Lions Club has facilitated the full spectrum of suicide awareness workshops, including  

SafeTALK, a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), a 2 day skills based workshop that helps prepare individuals of all backgrounds to intervene until either the immediate risk of suicide is reduced or additional life assistance resources can be found.  The workshop is designed to give individuals, suicide first aid skills.


Tune Up, a half day programme offering those who have completed the ASIST programme an opportunity to review or complete learning from ASIST, to reconsider how ASIST can be applied and to share their experiences in applying the Suicide Intervention Model (SIM).

We started this project in March 2009 and to date can say that with three SafeTALK workshops, four ASIST programmes and one Tune Up refresher course under our belt, Thurles Lions Club has made a considerable impact into the provision of suicide awareness education in our local community. 

Another strand of our suicide awareness project involved the distribution of the help line stickers.  This was a considerable task in that we physically placed the stickers in places of prominence in each bathroom of every pub, hotel, public office and sports club etc in Thurles and eight villages in its hinterland.  We estimate that over 400 of these stickers were put in place before the Christmas period last year.

We have been active in distributing the Lions Club help line cards and find that this is difficult with many outlets having franchise companies that ‘don’t like’ anything other than their own merchandise on display.

At the moment we have started work on recruiting for another SafeTALK programme which we plan to host in October.  This one will be specifically for 18-25 year olds and we are confident that this workshop will be a successful one.

The feedback from participants who have attended the programmes listed above has been complimentary, grateful and above all encouraging for the suicide awareness committee at Thurles Lions Club.  The extract below from an email which we received recently from an ASIST participant says it all and really makes everything worthwhile.

‘I know its a year since we did the assist programme but just a short note to say thank you in the lions club for putting it on and giving me the opportunity to do it.

I can confidently say that me doing that course has helped two people who were heading for difficulties. One called to me last weekend to thank me for what i did the other is getting help. the course made me aware of the danger signs.

 again thank you, keep up the good work’

Hi Pat,
We have just today finished our tenth suicide awareness/prevention workshop in Bantry.  This was completed in cooperation with the HSE using a shared Google Spreadsheet which allowed the updating of the register on a 24/7 basis and a minimum of emails.
This workshop  was also used to pilot the Safetalk Interactive Map.  Meetings with the HSE have been arranged to advance the map as a target for national advertising combined with local control of the workshops.  Whereas the pilot program  is aimed at the Southwest,  the map is offered to any club wishing to advertise their course.
Best regards,
Jerry Desmond
Bantry Bay Lions Club.
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On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Kay Cantwell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. > wrote:
Hi Pat,
A quick update from Thurles Lions Club.
We have recently completed our fourth ASIST programme, made up mostly of participants who completed the SafeTALK programme with us earlier in the year.  Through our research, we believe that a follow up to ASIST is very important and necessary.  We are currently in consultation with the HSE regarding ASIST Tune-up, a workshop (4.5hrs) for those who have completed the ASIST programme more than two years ago and we hope to host such a workshop in the coming months.  Following full participation of our ASIST programme, we have confirmed another SafeTALK workshop for January 2014, this time we are organising a Saturday morning event which we believe will be well supported.  In addition, we are working with SUAS, who is interested in recruiting participants who have successfully completed the ASIST programme.
Date: 3 September 2013 13:07:07 IST
To: pat connolly lions <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Subject:RE: Suicide project
Hi Pat,
We have completed one ASIST workshop and one SafeTalk course in Roscommon this year. The SafeTalk was very popular with 36 people attending and many more interested in doing one. We publicised it in the local paper for a few weeks and that is why we had such a great attendance.
We are hoping to run more but have not finalized the dates yet. 
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