I pledge to talk...

There are numerous ways that you can get involved, help to raise awareness about suicide prevention, and to act as an advocate for persons at risk.

  1. TALK Openly about Suicide
  2. Participate or support an event
  3. Become a certified suicide first-aid responder


Talk Openly About Suicide

Take the Pledge to TALK Openly

Today, I am making a commitment to T.A.L.K. openly with peers, friends, and family members:

I pledge to…

Tell someone if I am struggling to need help. Reach out and tell you if I’m worried about your safety.

Ask you, directly, if I think you may be trying to talk to me about suicide.

Listen to you without judgment if you need to talk.

Keep everyone safe by connecting to support resources and helping others to feel okay about getting help.

Encourage others to TALK openly about suicide prevention and take the pledge!


Decrease Stigma

These links will help you to decrease stigma:

  • Use language that decreases stigma associated with suicide.



  • Stop Using the “C” word




  • Why language is so important to suicide prevention




  • Information Exchange on the language of suicide





Join the CSUN Suicide Prevention Task Force



Become a Certified Suicide First-Aid Responder

Sign Up for Training

e-suicide TALK: is a 1-2 hour exploration in suicide awareness for adults and youths 15 plus. The purpose and content is modeled from our popular suicideTALK program with one unique change: e-suicideTALK is an e-learning platform designed to suit your schedule and lifestyle. Participants will explore some of the most challenging attitudinal issues about suicide and feel encouraged to find a part they can play in preventing suicide.

safeTALK: is a 3 hour training for anyone who might want to help as young as 15. This program prepares helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first-aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide, either directly or indirectly, invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to identify and work with these opportunities to help protect life. Powerful videos illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice stimulate learning.

ASIST: is a 2 day training for all first aid providers, adults and youth 16 plus. This interactive workshop prepares first aid providers to provider suicide life-assisting, first aid intervention. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles. ASIST teaches Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL), a practical guide to doing suicide interventions. Powerful videos support learning.

QPR: is a 1-2 hour training that prepares adults to provide emergency response to someone in a suicide crisis. Like CPR in the Chain of Survival from a life threatening medical crisis, early recognition of warning signs, early intervention and early professional assessment and care can save lives.

The BLUES Project: is a peer education volunteer program that helps participants overcome depression and prevent suicide. CSUN students can become a BLUES Project peer educator by submitting an application at http://www.csun.edu/counseling/peer-education-form

Mental Health First-Aid (NAMI trainings): is an 8 hour in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.