|Rural Solutions to offer QPR training in Phillips County|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Rural Solutions of Sterling is providing free gatekeeper training to individuals in Phillips County interested in learning how to recognize and what to do if approached by a person contemplating suicide.
Tragically, between 1999 and 2007, 105 individuals died by suicide in northeast Colorado. National surveys estimate there are 18-25 suicide attempts for every suicide. Colorado is ranked sixth in the nation for the highest rate of suicide as 940 Coloradans were lost in 2009.
LifeSource Project Coordinator Maranda Miller of Rural Solutions has been qualified to offer the QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper training since 2005.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer. Most people contemplating suicide—whether because of depression or some other significant problem—will turn to a friend, a family member, a parent, a clergyperson or physical heath professional instead of seeking the help of a mental health professional.
Therefore, anyone who is in routine contact with a distressed individual stands the best chance of intervening.
Rural Solutions will be hosting a QPR Gatekeeper training Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Haxtun Community Center from 1-2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 21 at SunSet View Community Center in Holyoke from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at each training.
Rural Solutions, located in Sterling, works to coordinate health and human services “needs assessment” and program development in 10 counties in northeast Colorado. The agency receives funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Suicide Prevention to bring suicide prevention efforts into the region of the state.