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Sandhills Center sponsors QPR suicide prevention training

Sandhills Center sponsors QPR suicide prevention training

Publication Date: December 5, 2018

Graduates of the Sandhills Center-sponsored QPR Gatekeeper Certification program, Dec. 4, 2018. Instructor Lynn Hennighausen, MS, is pictured in the front row, at left.

Sandhills Center was pleased to sponsor a train-the-trainer session on Dec. 4, 2018, to certify 15 QPR Gatekeeper instructors from Guilford, Harnett, Montgomery and Richmond counties within the Sandhills Center nine-county region.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer – three steps that participants can learn to help save lives from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to seek help. QPR is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs. More than 18,000 people have been trained and certified as QPR Gatekeeper Instructors in the United States and abroad.

As part of the train-the-trainer instruction, participants have agreed to:

  • Successfully complete the full one-day QPR Certified Gatekeeper Instructor course.
  • Teach a minimum of three 2-hour QPR Gatekeeper training sessions annually in partnership with Sandhills Center.

The one-day QPR Certified Gatekeeper Instructor course was held in the Foundation Conference Center of Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C.

Sandhills Center currently offers a segment of QPR within its Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement and other first responders.

The QPR train-the-trainer program was an important addition to the community and provider education repertoire that already is available within the Sandhills Center region. Last year, for example, Sandhills Center collaborated with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the University of North Carolina School of Social Work to sponsor a 40-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) train-the-trainer program. MHFA in the Sandhills Center region has produced 12 new instructors who have facilitated training. As a result, about 600 individuals from all nine Sandhills Center counties have earned MHFA certification since January 2017.

Those who have earned certification have included staff from the Corrections Division (as part of a larger statewide initiative), local governments, Departments of Social Services, health care facilities, universities, network providers and nonprofit agencies.

Sandhills Center will continue to build on the successes of the MHFA and QPR Gatekeeper programs. Our commitment to this effort demonstrates our strong desire to invest in public outreach and educational activities that strengthen our communities.

Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Communications Specialist for Sandhills Center