safeTALK“Caring Coalition” is a new organization recently started in Marshall County.

“Caring Coalition” is a group of concerned citizens that have gathered together to help our community and discussed the many avenues that they interested in.  After a couple of meetings and time spent trying to figure out what they can do to help the committee has decided to focus their efforts on educating the community on Suicide Awareness for their first action.

The organization is going to offer a FREE class this month called “safeTALK”.  SafeTALK is a half-day training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide.  SafeTALK will prepare anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

The ‘safe’ of safeTALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ letters stand for the practice actions that one does to help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe.

The first class, of “safeTALK” is going to be offered on Saturday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Plymouth.   If you are interested in this class/or information, please register by sending an email with your name, phone number to or send a message to their Facebook page Caring Coalition MC or contact Pam Mahler-Lee.