Every 17 minutes, at least six Americans lose a loved one to suicide. Ninety percent of suicidal individuals show warning signs which provide an opportunity to intervene.
The Anoka-Ramsey Community Counseling Department and the college clubs and organizations are working to address this national crisis and help concerned people get involved by sponsoring a free event.
A QPR suicide prevention workshop will take Monday, April 29, 11 a.m. to noon or 1 to 2 p.m., in the Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room.
Community members are encouraged to attend. Several local mental health agencies will be in attendance as well.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, which are three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
In the hour-long program, participants can learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer.
The workshop’s goal is that participants will walk away from the training with the skills to help someone who is depressed, discouraged and needing help.
For more information, visit AnokaRamsey.edu.