Have you been trained in CPR? Do you know someone who is? Most people know what CPR is and understand the importance of it, especially in a medical emergency. Like the idea behind CPR, QPR is an emergency mental health intervention.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. These are the “3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide”. (1) Question the person’s intent of suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to the right resources.
QPR is a gatekeeper training for suicide prevention. A gatekeeper is someone who could be in a position to recognize and refer someone at the risk of suicide. This can include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers, church workers, or really anyone!
Four Corners is holding a virtual QPR training open to anyone interested on Thursday, May 19th at 12:00 p.m. It is a 1-1 ½ hour educational program. The training is designed to teach “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. To register, please contact Angel at (402) 362-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who attend receive a QPR booklet and wallet card as review and resource tools. Local referral resources are included on these.
For more information about QPR, you can visit the QPR Institute’s website here: www.qprinstitute.com
To schedule a QPR session for your group or business, contact Four Corners Health Department. The Four Corners District has a group of trainers ready to provide this workshop. The training is delivered in person or virtually by certified QPR gatekeeper instructors. The content of the training can be tailored to specific groups; for example, veterans and faith communities.
People in communities want to be caring and connected to each other. One focus of these caring communities is learning how to be there for someone who is in crisis and considering suicide. You could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Take time to learn QPR and become trained as a gatekeeper.
For questions or to learn more, call Four Corners at 402-362-2621 or 877-337-3573. You can also email us at email@example.com.