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Suicide Prevention QPR

For surviving family members, suicide trauma is devastating.  I have been personally touched by the suicide of a good friend.  I just finished watching a webinar hosted by NAMI Georgia about QPR from the QPR Institute.   QPR stands for Question – Persuade – Refer.  QPR is an abbreviation much like CPR.  Like CPR, you don’t have to be a doctor or mental health professional to save someone’s life.  The webinar covers the following areas:

  • Signs that someone is suicidal (can be subtle)
  • The right questions to ask a suicidal person
  • The wrong questions to ask
  • How to listen to their stories of pain
  • A way to dispense hope
  • How to get help

This is not to train you as a professional but rather to administer first aid much like you would do with CPR.  Let me tell you, if you are ever in a position of trying to help a person with suicide ideation you will want this skill set.  If you have a family member suffering from depression or bipolar, this skill set is a MUST.  If you have teenage child having severe difficulties with school, this skill set is a must.

NAMI Georgia puts on an educational seminar every Thursday noon to 1:00 PM via zoom.  If you are unable to tune in, no problem, all the Thursday recorded seminars can be found on the NAMI Georgia website.   This sixty minute webinar can be found at the following link.  Just click on the one titled QPR.

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