May 26, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Many of our members are reporting an increased frequency of suicide crises and mental health issues among the youth enrolled in their programs. The isolation resulting from the pandemic paired with the anxiety and depression that come from places like social media and cyberbullying has had a huge impact on adolescents. CPRA feels it is critical to offer this training for parks and recreation professionals as well as directors and senior staff of camps and before and afterschool programs
Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR): the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons aimed at identifying and interrupting the crisis and directing that person to the proper care. Just as people are trained in CPR to help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Both are part of a "Chain of Survival" and both are part of systems designed to increase the chance of survival in the event of an emergency.
QPR-trained individuals are referred to by the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention as a Gatekeeper: someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include teachers, supervisors, counselors, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. As with any illness, the sooner warning signs are detected and help sought, the better the outcome is likely to be. Join us for this important, lifesaving training so that you are prepared to react appropriately in the face of a suicide crisis. This certification is valid for 3 years.