DlEF9NZXgAI24DXIf someone close to you were very depressed, or having suicidal thoughts — would you recognize it, or know what to do or say?

Sadly, the rate of suicide death in Louisville is far too high and we hope you will make plans to join a training on suicide prevention the week of September 9 – 15, which is National Suicide Prevention Week.

There are more than 80 free trainings on a proven suicide prevention technique being offered around our city.  Anyone 18 or older can take the training.  You need no health, healthcare, mental health or counseling knowledge to participate.  The training, called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), helps participants learn the myths about suicide as well as warning signs, and includes how to give someone hope and help.

QPR is a free 90-minute training designed for anyone 18 years or older.  No specialized mental health care training or expertise is required. Certified trainers will discuss myths about suicide, identify warning signs, outline how to talk with someone who may be thinking about suicide and how to persuade them to seek help.

Similar to CPR, QPR is designed to support an emergency response to someone in crisis, and to save lives.

Anyone who is interested can visit QPRLOU.com to find and register for classes being offered all over the city.  Please make plans to help prevent suicides by joining a training in September!