A National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month draws to a close, the Live Algoma Emotional Wellness Work Group is hosting a QPR training workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Algoma Wellness Center inside Algoma High School, 1715 Division St.
“We thought we would take an opportunity to highlight the importance of suicide awareness education here in Kewaunee County,” said Claire Thompson of the county’s University of Wisconsin-Extension office, which is co-sponsoring the event along with the county Public Health Department.
QPR stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer,” Thompson said.
“It focuses on asking questions of the person who is contemplating suicide, persuading the person that there is a reason to live, and referring him or her to resources to get help,” she told the Kewaunee County Board last week. “If you’re a parent, a teacher, a spouse, if you work with people, really anyone in a position to be with other people may notice signs of depression or other mental health issues that could contribute to someone considering suicide.”
The goal of Thursday’s event is to get several more people trained in the QPR process, Thompson said.