Monday, March 8, 2010

Suicide Prevention Training

Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition is pleased to offer Question, Persuade and Refer Suicide Prevention Training and Training the Trainer as part of the Soaring over Meth and Suicide Grant.

Participants qualify for CEU credit through the National Board of Certified Counselors as well. The training is free, and for those who attend the training on both days we will be offering breakfast and lunch on the second day. Please let Karen Lyles at know by March 11th so that we can order enough lunches for everyone.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Nebraska for Nebraska youth
15-19 years old, and has been the second leading cause of death for the last 25 years among American Indian and Alaska Native youth 15-24 years old.
--- Information provided by Anita Wisecup, Project Coordinator

As a QPR-Gatekeeper training you will learn to:
recognize the warning signs of suicide
know how to offer hope
know how to get help and save a life According to the Surgeon General’s

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers 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.

Training the Trainer
in order to become a certified trainer of QPR you do need to take both the
2 hour gatekeeper course and the Training the Trainer portion on the second day.

Course Description:
This certification course trains Instructors to teach QPR for Suicide Prevention to their community. Participants first learn about the nature of suicidal communications, what forms these communications take and how they may be used as the stimulus for a QPR intervention. To gain perspective, participants are introduced to the history of suicide, suicide prevention and the spectrum of modern day public health suicide prevention education efforts. The history, background and research support for QPR are reviewed.
Participants then learn to market QPR, target potential Gatekeepers, and how to teach the QPR curriculum. Participants also learn to deal with pent up audience demand to talk about suicide, survivor issues and how to make immediate interventions and referrals. Each participant has the opportunity for individual rehearsal and practice through role-plays.

For more information on QPR training you can go to their website @ Preventing suicide is more than just education it takes active participation from the community.