The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) has received funding from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) Cause Connector donation program to help support an important community suicide awareness and prevention training called QPR: Question , Persuade, and Refer. Cause Connector is a charity matchmaking site created to help more donors support local nonprofit projects in Ohio’s Appalachia. The AAA7 is hosting an upcoming virtual QPR training on June 7th.
Through the Suicide Prevention Foundation, AAA7 staff have been trained to deliver the community-based educational program QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer. Much like the well-known CPR, the fundamentals of QPR are easily learned and applied through a short training course that can be conducted virtually or online. QPR, like CPR, functions as a “chain of survival,” allowing laypersons and professionals alike to respond to a life-threatening event; suicidal crisis. The training provides a booklet to each participant which becomes the resource to help suicidal people and is an integral part of the training. Teachers, coaches, local clergy, police officers, and anyone in the community can learn the QPR method to help recognize the signs and clues of suicidal behavior, how to approach and communicate with a suicidal person, and where to refer them for help.
In Ohio, five people die every day by suicide. A report released by the Ohio University College of Health and Sciences in July 2020 found that rural counties have a higher incidence of suicide and fewer resources to address mental health issues in Ohio. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 37 have above-average US suicide deaths. Adams, Gallia, and Jackson counties have 20 suicides per 100,000 people per year; Brown County has 18 per 100,000; Highland, Pike and Ross counties have 17 per 100,000; Scioto and Lawrence counties have 13 per 100,000; and Vinton County has 11 per 100,000. The District 7 Regional Agency on Aging serves these ten counties with a mission to provide resources and services for the region.
In addition to June 7, other training dates have been set for the rest of the year and are available to anyone interested in the community. Dates include: August 2, October 4 and December 6. The sessions will start at 10 a.m. and the training will last a few hours. Participants will receive materials in advance to use in the training.
If you or someone you know would be interested in participating, or have any questions about training, please call the AAA7 Training Department at 1-800-582-7277 ext. 252 or email [email protected] .org. To register for the training, log on to www.aaa7.org, go to the “Training” tab and click on “Training registration”.