Q.P.R - stands for Question, Persuade and Refer - the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Manuever help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying 'Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling or neighbor.
QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as an hour and a half. What is a Gatekeeper? According to the Surgeon General's National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a postion to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someonemight be contemplating suicide.
Gatekeepers can be anyone, including parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foreman, first responders, police, case workers, store clerks and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
Kootenai Health, Panhandle Health District, and Suicide Prevention Action Network of North Idaho are offering free QPR training to create gatekeepers in our community. There are serveral dates offered; select the one best suited for you. All training will be held in the Kootenai Health Health Resource Center.
It is FREE to register. Seats are limited to 24 for each training.