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6/22/21blog post

want to help prevent suicide? take this training

QPR gatekeeper training strives to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training

By: Nina Rains, Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist

I will never forget the day I took my daughter to her first funeral for a friend. He died by suicide his freshman year in high school. A few months later, my daughter was impacted by the loss of another classmate, the fifth adolescent to die by suicide in our community in less than four years.

From 2007 to 2018, Ohio saw a 64.4% increase in the suicide rate of youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Many of us have known or been impacted by losing someone to a suicide death and if you are anything like me, you want to do whatever it takes to prevent this from happening in the future. Suicide is preventable, but how can we help?

Stigma, myths, and lack of understanding make talking about mental health or approaching someone in a crisis seem scary and you do not need to be a doctor or work in the behavioral health field to make a difference in someone’s life when they are struggling. In fact, mental health and suicide prevention education is available to anyone in the community, regardless of their professional background.

One educational opportunity that is available is QPR Gatekeeper training.

QPR stands for:

Question

Persuade

Refer

These are the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The mission of QPR is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. Much like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone experiencing a crisis and can save a life.

After taking this 60-minute QPR Gatekeeper course participants should be able to:

  • Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • Get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • Recognize the common causes of suicidal behavior
  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Get help for someone in crisis

The more educated we become, the more empathetic and understanding we can be and thanks to the generous donation by the Connor Group Kids & Community Foundation, Dayton Children’s Hospital is able to offer this training at no cost to the participant.

Where would you go to access this training?

This self-paced training will be available online for anyone who wishes to enroll and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by following these instructions.  

1.            Navigate to: qprtraining.com/setup

2.            Enter the organization code DCH

3.            Select Create Account

4.            Complete and submit student registration form

5.            QPR will display and email the newly created Username and Password.

6.            Student can log in to begin training at qprtraining.com

 

Nina Rains

Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist
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