Alleghany Highlands Community Services, Alleghany Highlands Healthy Youth Coalition and Lock & Talk VA are partnering to offer opportunities for the public to learn more about suicide prevention and the necessary steps to help those struggling. 

Rebecca Textor with Lock and Talk VA will be coming to the Alleghany Highlands on Thursday, May 30,  from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library in Covington to train community members on safeTALK. 

SafeTALK classes teach participants to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. 

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

The class will prepare participants to identify individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

Many people with thoughts of suicide directly or indirectly invite help to stay safe. 

Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support those in need.

The training is open to the public and is free. 

To register, please visit . 

For more information, contact prevention services at 965-2100 ext.133 or  email