Free Training: It’s Safe to Talk

By Erin Epstein

CFGC SafetalkThe death of actor Robin Williams is a reminder that anyone can be at risk for suicide. The Child and Family Guidance Center (CFGC) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality mental-health care, supportive social services and linkages to needed community resources – has decided to do something about it. CFGC is hosting a free suicide prevention training session, called safeTALK, from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 2.

SafeTALK is essentially “first-aid” training that helps participants become alert helpers who can identify and support those at risk for suicide. The interactive training can teach any adult to identify people who are at risk for suicide and help them connect to professional resources that can help. The training session includes suicide prevention guidebooks and materials.

The free class will be held at the CFGC Northridge location, 9650 Zelzah Ave. Future safeTALK trainings will cost $100 per person, but because of community interest in preventing deaths by suicide, CFGC is waiving the cost for this first session. There are 30 seats available for the free training, and they will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

Reservations are required and can be made at The deadline to register is September 18. Learn more about CFCG at

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