Friday, 21 February, 2014
This training is sponsored by the OUTreach: LGBT & Ally Resource Center. While most in attendance will be LGBTQQIA or allies, anyone is welcome. The UT Student Counseling Center will be providing the training.
Want to learn how to help someone who may be in distress or thinking about suicide? Get trained as a QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper. In just one hour you can learn skills that may help save a life. UT offers numerous QPR suicide prevention training throughout the year.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) provides the life saving skills necessary to effectively and directly ask someone if they are suicidal, persuade them to get help, and refer them to the appropriate professional. The State of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have adopted QPR for training in suicide prevention and education.
Psychological autopsies of individual who committed suicide show that they did communicate, subtly or overtly, to people in their lives about their thoughts of suicide, but usually didn't seek mental health services. Due to the sensitive nature of the issue, people often are afraid to broach the topic for fear of saying the wrong thing.