Mental Health Board and Marengo Community High School District 156
Partner on Suicide Prevention
Question. Persuade. Refer. Ask A Question, Save A Life.
The McHenry County Mental Health Board and Marengo Community High School District 156 are pleased to announce a collaborative effort to provide Suicide Prevention programming to approximately 80-100 district staff members and faculty.
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is an evidence based practice that focuses on how to recognize persons who may be at risk of suicide, persuade them to seek and accept help, and refer them to appropriate resources.
The QPR model embraces a community level approach promoting a greater sense of shared responsibility for the prevention of suicide and a greater sense of community competence in learning the skills necessary to prevent suicide attempts and completions. Fortunately, strong evidence shows that a comprehensive community approach is effective in reducing suicide rates.
“I am appreciative of the opportunity provided by the McHenry County Mental Health Board for QPR training on suicide prevention. Anytime schools have the opportunity to provide additional training to increase staff awareness and support for our students and community it is welcomed.”
said David Engelbrecht, Superintendent Marengo Community High School District 156.
The QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention would not be possible without the volunteer support and commitment of approximately 30 McHenry County program facilitators and the McHenry County Behavioral Health Foundation.