Suicide prevention task force to host QPR training Tuesday

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force will host QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) training on Tuesday, March 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This free suicide prevention training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau's office at 1344 Maple Drive.

Participants will learn local and state statistics, myths and facts, warning signs and risk factors, local resources and much more as it relates to suicide.

"This training is geared for family members, friends, pastors, etc. who want to learn more about this critical issue," stated Ryan Beeching, QPR instructor.

In 2013, 114 adults were trained in the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide. Fifty-six youth utilized the community protocol and sought out suicide prevention services in 2013. One participant stated, "This information was so vital, everyone should hear it."

The QPR training will address the following information: The extent of the problem on a national and state level, common myths and facts associated with suicide, warning signs and risk factors, methods for persuading suicidal individuals to receive help and ways to refer at-risk people to local resources.

"This is a topic most do not want to deal with or even acknowledge. Sadly, however, suicide will likely touch the majority of families in Huntington County in some way," says Beeching. "It is important we know the facts and are able to help provide support to those who are under the belief suicide is the only answer to whatever they are dealing with."

Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling the Youth Services Bureau at 356-9681.

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force is made up of representatives from local law enforcement agencies, HCCSC, Bowen Center, LACE, social service partners and the Youth Services Bureau. The two primary goals of the Task Force are prevention through education and community awareness; and develop and utilize a community wide approach when dealing with youth and suicide.

Financial support is provided by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation. To learn more about the training or the Task Force, contact the Youth Services Bureau.