Get quick, free Suicide Prevention training on your schedule

by beth on May 1, 2020

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Southborough Youth & Family Services is offering free suicide prevention training. So far, 60 residents have taken advantage of the offer. That means there are 40 spots still left.

Director Sarah Cassell asked me to remind readers of the opportunity:

This is an especially important time for families to take this training given the feeling of hopelessness and uncertainty many are feeling.

Cassell writes that the free online training only takes about an hour “and is well worth the time given the potentially life-saving skills acquired for participants.”

A selling point I missed mentioning last time — the training can be completed when it fits your schedule. (The opportunity runs until August 1st. Although it is capped at 100 participants.)

Cassell recommends trying to complete it in one sitting. But the self-pacing does allow participants take a break from it. (Say, if they’re interrupted by a family member who needs attention.)

SYFS QPR TrainingThe training is intended to educate those in a position to recognize a crisis about the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

Potential trainees include:

parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

The flyer notes that suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and on the rise for adults.

The instructors, QPR Institute describe:

Our Gatekeeper course is taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices.

Training covers:

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

To register, click here.* SYFS will follow up with emailed instructions for accessing the training. They will also provide participants with additional resources if they have further questions after training completion.

Cassell writes:

While this is a particularly difficult time we are all going though right now, this training opportunity is timely. The goal is to build a community that feels equipped with important suicide prevention noticing skills and the confidence to navigate guiding a person experiencing suicidality to the professional help they need. Residents should feel free to reach out to us if they have further questions or can partake in further training opportunities through QPR.

*Registration is through Southborough Recreation. Rec launched a new website earlier this year. If you haven’t created an account on the new database yet, you’ll need to do that to register. (It won’t pull up your account from the old website.)

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