Suicide Prevention: Free training on “Question, Persuade, and Refer” method

Above: QPR Institute promotes that three steps can help anyone prevent a suicide. SYFS is encouraging the public to learn more about those steps. (image cropped from Facebook)

Southborough Youth & Family Services is again offering QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention trainings. This time, the agency is offering lessons in person. For that reason, each workshop will have limited registration available.

SYFS promotes:

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America but when surveyed, 93% of Americans believe suicide can be prevented. (CDC, 2019) Luckily they are right: it is often and easily the most preventable cause of death.

The QPR Gatekeeper Training is considered a “program with evidence of effectiveness,” which means that it is a SAMSHA-approved program with data supporting its efficacy.

QPR stands for the three critical steps in the prevention method, “Question, Persuade, and Refer”:

Not unlike CPR, an acronym used to help people remember how to start the process of saving a life until a professional can intervene. . . The two-hour course teaches anyone how to recognize suicidal behavior, how to ask the “suicide” question, where to refer a person in need of help, and an opportunity to ask lots of questions and try out their new skills with role plays.

The first available workshop is Wednesday, October 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Future workshops will be offered throughout the year, including Saturday mornings. 

Here is more from SYFS’ announcement:

Southborough Youth and Family Services is excited to announce that throughout this and next year, they will be offering QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention trainings. . .

The program will be taught by Shannon Kinayman, the program coordinator at SYFS. The department’s goal is to train at least 100 Southborough residents and municipal employees.

Many will remember that SYFS offered an online version of this training in 2019. While the online version is still a great way to gain these skills, in-person training allows for questions to be answered in real time as well as opportunities to try out the skills which, for many, can be awkward or even scary.

To register for the October 27th workshop, click here or call Shannon Kinayman at 508-481-5676, ext. 3 to secure their spot. SYFS program and events page will be updated as future workshops are scheduled. You can look for that information here

This program is being funded in part through a donation from the non-profit Southborough Community Fund.

Below are more visual messages about suicide and prevention shared on social media by the QPR Institute.

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