ARE YOU PREPARED?
Have you been touched by the suicide of a friend or loved one?
For me suicide came into focus last fall with the report of a shotgun blast that killed a family friend. I was overwhelmed by the senseless loss. Until then my experience with suicide revolved around the lifelong consequences that reverberate among my friends and family who suffered similar tragedies.
The statistics about suicide are staggering. Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in 2013 and the second leading cause of death among people 10 to 24 years of age. Suicide rates have been increasing across all age groups, and nearly half of suicide deaths occur by firearms.
What can we do? For one, we can be prepared to recognize and respond when someone is in trouble. For that reason, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force at Or Hadash is hosting QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention on March 26th, 10:30-1:30.
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is an educational program that teaches the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. The program is aimed at anyone who may be in a position to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide – this includes parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, and first responders. The process follows three steps: (1) Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources.
The program is open to the public at no charge, please go to our calendar, select March, and click on the event to see the flyer and more information. RSVPs and questions should be directed to Dan Schwarz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-646-3695.
All are welcome. Please come, so that you can be prepared.