The Coalition trained 11 new Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainers in Glen Mills, Delaware County. One board member also earned her Master Trainer certification.
Coalition Trains 11 New QPR Trainers, 1 Master Trainer
On Sunday, March 29th, 2015, the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition (AOASPC) trained 11 new Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainers at the Concord Township Municipal Building in Glen Mills, Delaware County. The training was conducted by Govan Martin, Coalition co-chair. Board member Francesca Pileggi attended to shadow Govan to earn her QPR Master Trainer certification. Upon completing the training, the 11 new trainers, who traveled from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties to participate in the training, will begin holding QPR trainings in their communities. Each new trainer has pledged to conduct at least two QPR trainings per year over the next two years. If the average class size is 20 participants, these trainers will facilitate the addition of 880 new suicide prevention gatekeepers in the Commonwealth by 2017.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is nationally recognized two hour training for community members as well as mental health professionals who serve as “gatekeepers” to other community members who may be at risk of suicide. Per the QPR website, a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include neighbors, ministers, police, teachers and others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone for help.
If you're interested in bringing QPR to your organization or group, please contact the Coalition at email@example.com.