Like CPR, QPR training uses a “chain of survival” approach in which the gatekeeper learns to recognize early suicide warning signs.

MIAMI – Thanks to the efforts of Miamian Carol Coiner, nonprofit Mental Health Association Oklahoma will be bringing a vital resource to the area – suicide prevention training.

Known as QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer), this emergency mental health gatekeeper training intervention teaches lay and professional gatekeepers to recognize and respond positively to someone exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviors.

Like CPR, QPR uses a “chain of survival” approach in which the gatekeeper learns to recognize early suicide warning signs. Then they can:

1. Question their meaning to determine suicide intent or desire

2. Persuade the person to accept or seek help

3. Refer the person to appropriate resources

MHAOK will provide a free, hour-long QPR session for anyone aged 18 and above at NEO in the Calcagno Family Ballroom in the Bruce G. Carter Student Union Monday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Suicide is the most complex and difficult to understand of all human behavior. Yet, suicidal people are just like everyone else. They have problems; we have problems. The difference between us is that, for the moment, we feel we can handle our problems and do not feel overwhelmed by them. In its simplest terms, suicide seems to be a solution to a problem.

Thoughts of suicide occur during times of personal crisis, unrelenting stress, depression, or when we are confronted with a fear of failure of the specter of an unacceptable loss.

Although sometimes an impulsive act, most people will think about suicide for days, weeks, months or even years before they make an attempt. Oddly, thinking of suicide provides a curious blend of terror and relief; relief in that all one’s problems can finally be solved and terror at the idea of having to die to find that relief.

This is why QPR training is so important for everyone to take. We all have the ability to become a gatekeeper and make a difference in a life of someone who is hurting. A gatekeeper is anyone in a position to recognize a crisis and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. This could be you.

The truth is — you may be the best person, in the best possible position to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to help prevent further steps or thoughts.

Learn more about QPR training and suicide prevention at www.mhaok.org.

Schedule a QPR Training

The MHAOK QPR training is designed to empower your business, school, faith community or civic organization to effectively intervene on behalf of someone with thoughts of suicide or who is in crisis. The training takes approximately one hour to complete and is ideal for 25 or fewer participants at a time.

To schedule a QPR training, call 918-585-1213 or 405-943-3700.