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Save a life with three simple letters: QPR

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Community-based suicide prevention coalitions work to reduce suicides in our communities. The big question is, “By how much should we reduce our suicide rate?” Should we reduce our rates by 10 percent? Or perhaps 20 percent? The answer that many in this field would tell you is, “By 100 percent!” Our goal is to have a zero suicide community. Others have done it; so can we. But we need your help.

In order to achieve a zero suicide goal we need everyone in the community to realize that each resident can help save a life. Much like many have received CPR training, by exercising what the three letters in QPR stand for, someone in our community can save a life. After all, suicide affects everyone in our community.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, and is the best practice training approach for suicide prevention (https://www.qprinstitute.com/). QPR is a program in which any individual can be trained to learn how to recognize signs of suicide and be able to intervene. Anyone can be trained in QPR and potentially save a life.

A free community QPR training (open to any community member age 18 or older) will be held on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chilton High School in Calumet County. Because space is limited we are asking interested individuals to register. To register, send an email to: registration@preventsuicidefoxcities.org or call (920) 931-2552 with questions.

After participating in the QPR training participants will:

  • Know what behaviors/warning signs indicate someone might be at risk for suicide
  • Understand risk factors affecting those who attempt or commit suicide
  • Be able to effectively communicate with someone who might be at risk for suicidal behavior, and know how to refer that person to a mental health professional
  • Learn about the resources available in our community to assist individuals at risk for suicide and their families, friends and coworkers
  • Learn about local and national resources for suicide prevention

So join us on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Chilton High School in the community room, and learn how you can save a life!

96% of those who complete QPR training would recommend it to others.

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