Suicide Prevention Community Training
To help raise awareness for Suicide Prevention Month in September, Mercy Health will host a training session to help educate people on how to help save a life from suicide. The session will emphasize QPR – question, persuade and refer – a national curriculum designed to teach the identification of early warning signs of suicide.
QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. In QPR, the general public is educated about the known warning signs of a suicide crisis: expressions of hopelessness, depression, giving away prized possessions, talking of suicide, securing lethal means, and then taught how to respond.
“According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide,” says Dr. Laurie Ballew, Mercy Health- Behavioral Health. “In this class, participants will learn to be a QPR-trained gatekeeper trained to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and how to get help. The more people we can train in QPR, the more lives we can save.”
Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
Trainings are free but space is limited to 35 participants each. Note: this class is currently full, but there are spaces available on the wait list.
Lunch will be provided.