A press release from the 708 Mental Health Board:
MENTAL HEALTH BOARD AND MCHENRY COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMMIMNG
The McHenry County Mental Health Board in partnership with the McHenry County Community Foundation is bringing QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention to McHenry County.
The McHenry County Suicide Prevention Taskforce reviewed several prevention programs and QPR was identified as an approach reflective of our community’s need.
Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a brief educational program designed to teach “gatekeepers”–those who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide,e.g.,
- police officers
- human service
- faith community representatives
–the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond by following three steps:
• Question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide
• Persuade the person to seek and accept help
• Refer the person to appropriate resources
The McHenry County implementation plan includes “Certified Gatekeeper Instructor” commitments from approximately 25 local individuals.
Once trained, these QPR Gatekeeper Instructors will seek opportunities to train others throughout the community.
At the community level, both lay citizens and professionals must work together to achieve two common goals:
• A greater sense of shared responsibility for the prevention of suicide
• A greater sense of community competence in learning the skills necessary to prevent suicide attempts and completions
QPR trained, gatekeepers help create a community safety net for suicidal people by identifying them, questioning them, and persuading them to accept a referral for professional evaluation and/or care. Initiating this chain of events is a significant responsibility, not unlike initiating CPR until professional medical help arrives.
For further information contact the Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828.