Cattaraugus County Suicide Prevention Coalition
There will be a FREE one and a half hour Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention training open to the public on Tuesday June 24th. 2014 from 1-2:30 PM at the Magnano Room in the Cutco Theater at the Olean JCC Campus. To register, please call Jennifer Falandys at the Mental Health Association at 716-372-0208.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, an emergency mental health gatekeeper training intervention that teaches lay and professional gatekeepers to recognize and respond positively to someone exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviors. Like CPR, QPR uses a “chain of survival” approach in which the gatekeeper learns to recognize early suicide warning signs, Question their meaning to determine suicide intent or desire, Persuade the person to accept or seek help, and Refer the person to appropriate resources. The training is delivered in a standardized 1-2 hour multimedia format by certified QPR gatekeeper instructors or online, and is expanded to include additional modules for various professionals or volunteers for up to 20 hours of training. Certified instructors receive a minimum of eight hours of formal instruction, are certified for 3-year intervals, and are provided technical and web-based support, quarterly newsletters, and free program upgrades. QPR gatekeepers receive a QPR booklet and wallet card as a review and resource tool that includes local referral resources. QPR does not include suicide risk assessment training, but in some professional extended online versions an abridged assessment protocol is taught as derived from the QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Program (listed separately in the BPR).
Jamestown Community College
260 Union Street
42° 4' 50.7936" N, 78° 25' 38.7732" W