Question. Persuade. Refer. Suicide Prevention Training June 3rd 1pm-2pm at the Laona School

Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. This free training is being offered at the Laona School District from 1-2pm on June 3rd and is open to the community. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about mental health and suicide to attend this one hour training. QPR is taught to the faculty teaching your children, and provides local resources to help those in need. School aged children may go to the gym for supervised open gym while you attend this training. Join the conversation to make Forest County a healthier community.

Why does this matter in our neck of the woods? The 2018 Forest County Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) polled 249 high school students, and showed rising suicidal thoughts. Forest County high school students reported that 31% felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row. Also noted was a rise in seriously considering attempting suicide from 10.8% in 2016, to 15.6% in 2018. Students who reported a failed suicide attempt in the last 12 months went from 4.2% to 7.8% in the same time frame. According to the Wisconsin 2017 YRBS report, one in six students (16.6%) indicated that they had engaged in self-harm. Amongst 9th grade girls, the Wisconsin data states that self-harm is almost as common as eating breakfast every day (30% vs 32%)! Come to this training to learn how to help your child, their friends, and your neighbors!

Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. Suicidal individuals are suffering from an overwhelming sense of helplessness and hopelessness, usually complicated by a clinical depression and often triggered by a major loss. While in this health crisis, clear thinking is near impossible, and individuals often times suffer from “tunnel vision” which does not allow them to see a way out of their situation.

QPR is advanced suicide prevention training and is designed to detect persons who are in the thinking or ideational phase of their suicidal plan, and provide clear steps to aid the sufferer to the help that is needed.

Registration is not mandatory, but to help us get an accurate head count please call the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371. Can’t make this training? Call to see if there is another upcoming training in your area!

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