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Training available to help Montanans with suicidal thoughts

The public will learn the Q.P.R. method.
Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 17:04:05-05

The Lewis & Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition and Lewis and Clark Public Health will host a QPR training to teach the community how to help someone with suicidal thoughts.

Montana has the highest suicide rate in the country, about 30 deaths per 100,000 people. That number is 64.4% higher than in 1999.

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is the evidence-based model that the public will learn at the training. The goal is to question whether someone is feeling suicidal, persuade them to seek help, and refer them onto the next level of care.

“We just want to make sure that we create a network of support in our community, where everyone is aware of warning signs, risk factors, and how to ask someone if they’re thinking about suicide. So, they can get the help that they need,” said Lewis and Clark Public Health Suicide Prevention Coordinator Jess Hegstrom. Anybody is welcome to join.

Click here for information on the training. For suicide help, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text MT to 741-741.