Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
QPR Ask a Question, Save a Life
Recent statistics have revealed a doubling of both the number of deaths by suicide and the number of suicide attempts between 2015 and 2016 and Parkview’s Community Health Needs Assessment showed mental health in the top three issues of greatest concern in LaGrange County.
In response to these statistics, Parkview LaGrange Hospital is offering free QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Suicide Prevention Training. A special session is being offered for LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce members on Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the LaGrange Public Library.
Rhonda Sharp, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Parkview Health, serves as the physician champion for the hospital’s suicide prevention task force. “QPR is easy to learn and doesn’t need a college degree or experience in a health- or mental health-related field,” said Dr. Sharp. “QPR teaches you to recognize the signs of suicide risk in someone and trains you in how to open lines of communication with the affected person that can offer them hope and a path toward support.
“In many ways, QPR is to someone at risk of suicide what CPR is to someone who is unconscious and not breathing normally. QPR is that first step that anyone can take to help prevent someone from carrying through with suicide. And it is an intervention anyone can learn.
“There are many myths associated with suicide that need to be dispelled,” said Dr. Sharp. “We need to bring this topic out of the shadows and shine a bright light on it. We need to let people know that suicide is preventable. Talking about suicide won’t cause it. And, most importantly, suicide prevention is everybody’s business – anyone can help prevent the tragedy.”
Reservations are required for the October 18th QPR training. To reserve your seat, call us at 463-2443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org