PRESTONSBURG – Suicide is a topic most individuals don’t like to talk about. When a person feels alone, desperate and out of options sometimes suicide becomes an option. On Wednesday, Q.P.R. for Suicide Prevention was taught at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. Individuals across the region gathered to take the important class that teaches case managers, clergy, counselors, parents, anyone how to recognize actions and behaviors that could result in suicide.
Question the person about suicide. Do they have thoughts? Feelings? Plans? Don’t be afraid to ask. Persuade the person to get help. Listen carefully. Then say, “let me help.” Or “come with me to find help.” Refer for help. If a child or adolescent, contact any adult, any parents; or call your minister, teacher, coach, or counselor.
“This class we teach across the state,” said Nancy Pfaadt. “We train individuals to understand suicide and recognize the clues and when to apply the QPR method of suicide prevention. Asking the suicide question does not increase risk. Once the question has been asked, most people thinking of suicide want to talk. Now it’s time to apply step two, persuade.”
Individuals from the Department of Health and Family Services, Mountain Comprehensive Care, Kentucky River Care and other independent mental health agencies and foster care agencies attended this informative training.
“Suicide is a topic you hope, never has to be discussed,” said Susan Ratliff. “However, with the stresses teens and adults face today often lead to a bleak outlook on life. Working with teens and young adults I think it important to have this informative training.”
This training is available to come to private organizations and churches as well as state organizations. If you are part of an organization that can benefit from this training contact Pfaadt at [email protected] or 502-644-4902.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.