Suicide prevention training on QPR
The National Institute of Mental Health, as published in their website, describes that suicide is a major public health concern, among the leading causes of death in the US and is on the rise. The CDC informed that in 2016, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the US, and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54. The most common means are firearms and suffocation. Those patterns are also seeing in our state.
Because suicide rates are rising throughout the nation, Caregiver Homes understands that is our responsibility to bring awareness to this health problem and train community members on how to intervene during a crisis. We want people to understand the suicide ideation is not the problem, but the perceived solution to a problem. Usually family members, spiritual leaders, neighbors and friends are closer to the person that is thinking of suicide. They know the individual, and can persuade better a suicidal individual because they know his/her strengths. This training is intended to understand the problem (by making questions), offer hope (persuade) and refer to proper care.
THE QPR method (Question, Persuade and Refer), was developed in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. It is considered an emergency mental health intervention. It is not a form of professional counseling or treatment. The intent is to identify and interrupt the crisis and to direct the person to proper care. It’s a simple, 3 step method, to help anyone learn how to save a life from suicide. This training is designed to strengthen your skills as a gatekeeper.
During this training, you will learn to:
- Recognize the warning signs of suicide
- Know how to offer hope
- Know how to get help and save a life
Caregiver Homes, in collaboration with Tapestry Health, will be hosting this community education event on October 3rd, 2018 from 12 to 2:30, at the Community Room located on Springfield City Library. You can reserve your space by calling 413-209-1010, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Light lunch and a certificate of attendance will be provided.
Please remember if you or someone you know might be in danger due to a crisis, call BHN Crisis Line at 413-733-6661 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. These services are free, confidential and are available in other languages.