Updated 6/23/17 - Great News!! We have 2 spots open for the QPR training at 1:30 p.m. on June 27th. Register soon, these won't last long!!
We are super excited to be able to offer this training to the public FREE of charge. In addition, we are now able to offer it at two convenient times, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. However, space is limited to 25 per session, so register today!!
QPR is an an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. An abbreviation for Question, Persuade and Refer, the intent is also to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care.QPR, the following Chain of Survival elements must also be in place:
•Early Recognition of suicide | The sooner warning signs are detected and help sought, the better the outcome of a suicidal crisis will be.
•Early QPR | Asking someone about the presence of suicidal thoughts and feelings opens up a conversation that may lead to a referral for help.
•Early intervention and referral | Referral to local resources or calling 1-800-Suicide for evaluation and possible referral is critical.
•Early Advanced Life Support | As with any illness, early detection and treatment results in better outcomes.
We cannot overemphasize the need for early recognition of suicide warning signs.
A well-executed, strong and positive response to the early warning signs of a pending suicide event may render subsequent links in the Chain of Survival unnecessary. Most people thinking about suicide are suffering from an undiagnosed and/or untreated mental illness or substance abuse disorder for which excellent treatments exist. By recognizing early the warning signs of suicide, opening a supporting dialogue with a suicidal person and securing consultation a professional may prevent the need for an emergency room visit or psychiatric hospitalization.