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QPR Suicide Prevention Trainings
Over the past few years, the Needham community has experienced several suicides that have impacted the town on many levels. One of the many initiatives created to address this issue is offering a program entitled Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Trainings. This program was created by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D., and is modeled after the success of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) medical intervention.

QPR is known as a gatekeeper training, and according to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, “key gatekeepers” are people who regularly come into contact with individuals or families in distress. Gatekeeper training has been identified as one of a number of promising prevention strategies.

View an Evaluation Compilation completed by participants in a recent QPR Training facilitated by the Needham Youth Services.

What are the QPR trainings all about?

Trainings are two hours in length, and QPR is based upon the several basic concepts including:

  • Prior to making a suicide attempt, a person typically sends warning signs of his or her distress and suicidal intent to those nearby
  • The notion that those who most need help in a suicidal crisis are the least likely to ask for it
  • The person most likely to prevent a person dying by suicide is someone they already know
  • When we solve the problems people kill themselves to solve, the reasons for suicide disappear

Where can I find out more about attending an upcoming training?

For additional information regarding the issue of suicide and depression in general and/or regarding a QPR Training in particular, please contact Jon Mattleman at 781-455-7500 x265