17 trained to provide suicide prevention education

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A master trainer for the QPR Institute has certified 17 community members to provide suicide prevention education, according to the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.

QPR, or Question-Persuade-Refer, is a basic 90-minute suicide prevention presentation that gives people the confidence to have conversations with loved ones, friends, and colleagues about mental health.

“We started offering QPR early this year and it has been so popular that we decided to train more people who can reach even more audiences,” said Kathleen Kern, executive director of LCBMH. “This is a user-friendly, brief presentation that we can bring to any group of adults in Lorain County.”

Talking about suicide can be difficult for both the person experiencing suicidal thoughts and their concerned friends or family members.

In fact, the difficulty is so great that people who are considering taking their own lives often speak in “coded messages.” They might make indirect statements like, “You won’t have to worry about me much longer,” or “Everyone would be better off without me.”

QPR can help any person recognize these and other signs and respond with confidence and compassion.

The mental health board trains citizens to recognize and respond to warning signs as a key way to prevent suicide, and provides a full roster of mental health trainings.

QPR is a new open-to-the-public option, in addition to Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and other trainings.

To schedule a free QPR session for your workplace, church, civic group, or any other group of between eight and 35 people in Lorain County, for either English or Spanish speakers, reach out to outreach@lcbmh.org or 440-787-2071.

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