Brescia University’s Campus Minister, Sr. Pam Mueller, and Brescia’s Director of Counseling Center, Eva Atkinson, will offer “Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training,” a nationally-recognized suicide prevention program. This program will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2010 beginning at 11 am in Room 126 in the Science Building.
QPR is designed for an easy learning process and can be applied by everyone, including people outside of mental health professions. QPR is a behavioral intervention program that focuses on getting a distressed individual referred for professional help. It is intended to teach front-line people how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues. QPR provides direction as to how to question a person about suicidal thoughts, how to persuade them to get help and how to refer the person for help.
Presented by nationally certified QPR instructors, each 90-minute QPR gatekeeper training includes information on:
- The problem of suicide nationally and in Kentucky
- Common myths and facts associated with suicide
- Warning signs of suicide
- Tips for asking the suicide question
- Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
- Ways of referring at risk people to local resources
- And if time allows, a brief Questions and Answers period
Each participant will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, as well as resource information for treatment providers in Kentucky.
There is no charge to attend this program. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the training to each participant. Preregistration requested by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 29th.