National Alliance on Mental Illness Education Meeting

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On Thursday 4/18 the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Coastal will present 

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Trainings for Suicide Prevention

QPR is designed to give members of the general public the basic skills necessary to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. QPR is like CPR - an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons. The QPR Gatekeeper Trainings are funded by the County of San Diego HHSA, and offered at no cost to attendees on behalf of the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper, you will learn to:

* Recognize warning signs of suicide

* Know how to offer hope

* Know how to get help and save a life

Anyone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide: parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others.

Testimonials from QPR Training Participants from the Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) website

Words from a concerned parent after attending Q.P.R. Training:

Just wanted you to know that I've been talking to my son, and guiding him to get help. I asked the tough question, practicing it and managing to stay surprisingly calm "have you ever thought of suicide". His response was "No. I've thought of being dead when I am especially stressed out so I don't have to do anything, but never the act of killing myself. "When I pressed him about it, saying I couldn't imagine how overwhelming his courses or competition could be, he replied "Mom, I promise you I am not going to kill myself." I don't think there is any immediate danger, but I do worry about him. So I told him about his family history of depression and said that it is important to seek professional help. Since he used the word "depressed", I made him promise that he would call mental health services (and texted him the number)

Words from a community member that recently attended a Q.P.R. Training:

A few weeks ago my friend Greg placed his wife in a nursing facility, her escalating Alzheimer's Disease was becoming difficult to handle. Greg visits her daily and always returns home depressed. He was worried about himself; fearful that he may be slipping into a serious depression. It was difficult and scary for me to talk to Greg; I did not feel as though I had the tools to talk to him.

I recently attended a training focused on reaching out to isolated and lonely seniors. Holly led the training and introduced us to QPR, a cousin to CPR. QPR is not a treatment; rather, it is an effort to save a life by Questioning, Persuading and Referring. Holly spent considerable effort in teaching us to understand that we have to confront our own fears in our effort to be helpful, and even to say the "S" word (suicide).

The next time I saw Greg, I asked him, "Are you planning to do anything to hurt yourself?" Greg assured me, "Absolutely not, but I do not want to fall into depression." I asked if Greg would consider talking to someone about his depressed feelings. Greg agreed; his agreement sounded like a sigh of relief. Greg followed through and reports a good session and more to come.

QPR worked: I asked the Question, a little discussion Persuaded Tom to accept a Referral. I was able to help because Holly demonstrated the way to go. In our most recent conversation Greg was hopeful, a giant step away from our conversation of several weeks ago. QPR: the Question requires courage to

confront, Persuasion, requires ability to make sense, and Referral requires knowledge of community resources….thanks Holly, it works.

Following a short refreshment break after the training, a NAMI-facilitated support group open to all family members will begin at 8:30pm in classroom #4 of the education building. 


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