Tuesday July 16th 2019

QPR Training Opportunities

The Kentucky Center for School Safety has partnered with the Kentucky Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Ky Suicide Prevention Group to provide QPR training that is being implemented as the state model for suicide prevention. QPR is an acronym for Question, Persuade, & Refer. This model teaches persons to recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs associated with depression, suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior. Currently there are over 80 persons in Kentucky who are certified by the QPR Institute to provide this training. The goal is for QPR to be as commonly taught as CPR, which is supported by the goal of having one person in every family trained in QPR. The model can be modified for usage in the appropriate audience such as public schools, government, colleges and universities, civic groups, churches, etc.

The training will teach individuals how to:
  • Quality suicide prevention training to diverse audiences
  • The four fundamental components of suicidal communication
  • The three simple steps to help prevent a death by suicide (Question, Persuade, Refer)
  • The role of depression and mental illness
  • How to replace fear with positive action
  • How to talk about suicide
  • How to locate available resources and support.
You can obtain additional information about the model and training at www.qprinstitute.com or at the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group website.

Are you interested in receiving the QPR training for your school?

The Kentucky Center for School Safety has trained educators that can provide the QPR Gatekeeper training, at no cost to your school district. There is a 15 person minimum and 30 person maximum requirement for each training to occur. This training can teach anyone, regardless of your role, suicide warning signs and basic intervention steps to help save a student's life from suicide.

The training has been approved for EILA credit and can be scheduled with your school and/or school district by completing the technical assistance training application and fax to Dan Orman at 502-783-1449 or email to dan.orman@ksba.org.
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