We're kicking off a new mini-series focused on Suicide Awareness featuring the Tuscarawas County Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group. On this episode, hear from Suicide Prevention Advocates Kristie Wilkin and Jenn Dotto as they explain the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Certified Gatekeeper Training.
The QPR philosophy is:
- Question - "Are you considering taking your own life?"
- Persuade - "Let's go get help."
- Refer - "Knowing the right resources to go to for help"
QPR is not a form of counseling; rather, it's intended to offer hope through positive action. The training helps Gatekeepers to recognize warning signs, clues, and suicidal communication of people in crisis and skills to act vigorously in preventing a possible tragedy. Much like CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, the use of QPR may save a life.
The QPR training goals include being able to recognize someone at risk for suicide, possess intervention skills, and be able to provide referral sources to aid someone in need.
If you or your group are interested in Gatekeeper Training, please email Kristie, Jenn, and Pam at 4SuicideLossTusc@gmail.com. This page is monitored daily by all 3 Gatekeepers. When emailing, please let us know if evenings, a Saturday morning, or another time works best for you. The Gatekeepers will get back to you as soon as possible to provide training dates and times. You can also follow Gatekeeper news at the "Walk into the Light" Facebook page. This page is used to update highlights of the suicide prevention walk and will now include info on trainings and more. The Question Persuade Refer training is a curriculum that communities are adopting across the country to meet this need.
The cost of the class is $20.00 to cover materials and lasts 2 hours in duration.
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