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Fact: Over 32,000 people die from suicide in the United States each year
Fact: Over 4,200 people between the ages of 15 and 24 die of suicide each year
Fact: Over 440 youth between the ages of 7 and 14 die from suicide each year
Fact: Over 700 people die of suicide in Wisconsin each year.
What can we do about it?
QPR is a grassroots program specifically designed for everyone. It does not take an expert to prevent suicide – it takes us, everyday people, from a young student, to an elderly grandparent. From a waitperson in the café to a physician or other professional person, we are all the best means of suicide prevention – and it is not hard to learn.
Question – learning how to see the signs of suicidal thoughts and learning to ask the important question – “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” and listening to the answer without bias or alarm.
Persuade – offering the person hope and an alternative solution. Suicide itself is not the problem – it is a perceived only solution by a person in crisis to what they see as an insurmountable problem.
Refer – having the knowledge of how and where to go to help the person get help. “I want you to live, let me help you get help.”
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.