Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Butler County ESC
400 N. Erie Blvd. Ste A
Hamilton, OH 45011

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Lauren Perry  
(513) 785-6770


Charla Henderson is the Butler County Coalition Coordinator for Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Communities. Her work in youth substance-use prevention depends on her ability to connect and build strong relationships with young people.


QPR: Gatekeeper Training

This September we are launching Stand Up to Suicide for National Suicide Prevention Month. Stand Up to Suicide will activate 14 counties across Ohio to train the most individuals possible in the suicide prevention tactics of Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR).

Suicide affects us all regardless of our backgrounds. Suicide deaths in Ohio have increased by 24% over the past decade. We lose one Ohioan to suicide every five hours, each and every day and have lost more than 15,000 families, friends and loved ones in this time period.

Loss of a loved one, friend, neighbor, colleague, or other acquaintance to suicide is devastating.  Importantly, there is hope and help for persons contemplating suicide, and you can help others in need.  QPR stands for QuestionPersuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life 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 help. 

According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a Gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

The QPR Gatekeeper Training Program is NREPP approved evidenced based training. As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper, trainees receive background on the prevalence of suicide and learn to

  • recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • know how to offer hope
  • know how to get help and save a life

Cost: Free!

CEUs: No CEUs are offered for this training