Suicide Prevention Training in partnership with St. Charles Health System
What can you do to help prevent suicide? A nationally recognized program trains individuals to identify people at risk of suicide and refer them to the best sources of help and hope. Known as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), the session will be offered – free – to the public Thursday evening, Sept. 6, 5:30-7 pm at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. It is open to all adults and teens. Pre-registration is required and available through the website and at the box office (541-317-0700).
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis. This educational seminar identifies the emergency tools you need to confidently respond when the life of a friend, family member, colleague or neighbor is at risk.
This session – the first community-wide QPR seminar of the new school year – will be led by Devan Larsen, the Director of Club Support Services at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. Devan attended the University of California, Berkeley, receiving her Bachelors in Psychology in 2015. She is a certified QPR instructor. QPR training sessions are offered in collaboration with St. Charles Health System through their suicide prevention initiative. This program seeks to train individuals who, because of their contact with those who may be at risk of suicide, are often in the best position to identify people thinking about suicide and refer them to appropriate resources and services.