708 Board Reports “Over 1,000” Trained in Suicide Prevention

A press release from the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board:


The QPR Institute and the McHenry County Mental Health Board are excited to partner to prevent suicide. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer.

In QPR, the general public is educated about the known warning signs of a suicide crisis.

From July 2015 – September 2016 over 1000 McHenry County residents have been trained in QPR.

Considered to be the next level in our suicide prevention efforts in the community – is the QPR Suicide Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training program for professionals.

This Registered Best Practice training program teaches the core competencies required of professionals responsible for the care and safety of consumers detected to be at elevated risk for suicidal self-directed violence.

Training includes modules on means restriction counselling, collaborative crisis safety planning, and managing/monitoring risk over time, documentation, and a skills practice session.

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. QPR believesthat quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

The Suicide Risk Assessment Training program will be held on October 18th, at the Mental Health Board in Crystal Lake.

For more information on the McHenry County QPR Suicide Prevention Initiative please visit www.mchenrycountyqpr.org or contact Denise Bowman at dbowman@mc708.org.

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As one who has had two neighborhood young men commit suicide over my lifetime, I applaud this effort.


708 Board Reports “Over 1,000” Trained in Suicide Prevention — 1 Comment

  1. And none of those “1,000 trained” could have stopped my friends’ suicides.

    Most who kill themselves give very little to no warning.

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