Would you know how to offer hope and refer that person to other resources? Would you know who to call?
We have been concerned about suicide in our community. We sponsored a Suicide Prevention Forum. Almost 60 people from the congregation and community showed up to learn about the scope of the problem. Afterwards, the common question was, "What else can we do to help prevent suicide?" On Sunday, April 15, we have an answer.
We are hosting a suicide prevention workshop called, "QPR". The initials represent the three parts of the training: Question, Persuade & Refer. The initials also call to mind the "CPR" training that many of us have taken. Just as having many people trained with CPR techniques have saved lives, QPR can play a critical role at a critical time.
The class will be led by Mike Arnold, Director of the Douglas County Suicide Prevention Alliance. It will take place on Sunday, April 15 from Noon to 2:00 pm. Materials will be provided and lunch is included (thanks to 'At Your Service'!). There is no cost for the workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. You can register a couple of ways:
- You can email me directly (link is at the bottom right of this page)
- If you are coming through our Weekly Update, you'll see an email link there, too.
- There will be a spot on the Connection Cards in worship the next couple weeks.
- If you are in the office during the week, let us know then.
- Phones work, too! Call the church and even in off-hours, you can leave your name and contact info.
Suicide is one of those things that breaks the heart of a community. Fortunately, there are things we can do to make a difference. QPR is part of the answer.