QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is designed for the general public to enhance awareness and teach the warning signs of suicide. There is no cost. Early recognition of the warning signs and knowing the three simple steps saves lives!
There were seven suicides in Waupaca County in 2011. There have already been six in 2012.
The Waupaca County Suicide Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a free training for anyone interested in learning simple techniques for reducing the incidence of suicide in our community. The training is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in the Masonic Center. 520 N Bridge St, Manawa. Michelle Nelson, a social worker and counselor from St. Michael’s Hospital/Ministry Health Care will present.
Please RSVP by Friday, Aug. 24 to WCSPCoalition@gmail.com or 715-258-6390 Give your name and contact information. We will accept late reservations.
Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in a suicide crisis. Also, like CPR in a life-threatening medical crisis, early recognition of warning signs, early intervention, and early professional assessment and care can save lives. Participants will learn three basic intervention skills that can help avert the tragedy of suicide.
Over 31,000 people die of suicide in the United States each year. In Wisconsin, it is more than 730. Suicide is the most preventable of all deaths. Join me in supporting our community by learning how to ask the right questions and save a life.
We hope to see you there – helping us to save lives.
Elissa Achten is with Waupaca County Suicide Prevention.