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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Suicide prevention training offered to Clark County employees

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (March 4, 2019) – The Board of Clark County Commissioners and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties partnered to provide suicide prevention training sessions to more than 80 county employees last month.

The Question, Persuade and Refer Gatekeeper trainings were offered free of charge by the MHRB. QPR trainees, known as gatekeepers, learn skills to recognize warning signs of a person who may be contemplating suicide.

“We take mental health very seriously,” said Clark County Assistant County Administrator Michelle Noble. “We want our employees to be able offer to support to not just their co-workers, but friends and family as well. By simply having a conversation, gatekeepers can save the life of someone struggling with a mental health issue.”

Participants in the QPR Gatekeeper training learn to identify signs of emotional distress and warning signs that someone may be suicidal, how to ask someone if they are having suicidal thoughts, how to instill hope through supportive interventions and receive information about local mental health resources and national crisis hotlines for suicide prevention.

The training sessions were held through the end of February.

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Media contact:

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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