Free QPR Suicide Prevention Training offered

Staff report

The Madison County Depression and Suicide Prevention Coalition (MCDSPC) is offering a free QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) training session from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Madison County EMA offices, 271 Elm St. in London. The training session was developed by the nationally recognized QPR Institute. The training is open to anyone in the Madison County community including business owners, organizations and the general public.

The QPR training will be taught by Amanda Hampton, Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS), Family Services and Prevention Education Programs Manager.

The mission of the QPR program is to teach all attendees how to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

MCDSPC believes that quality education and training empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Once participants complete the training class, they are then referred to as a QPR Gatekeeper. Since January of this year, Madison County has experienced nine suicides to date — more than double in 2016. Attempted suicides are also on the rise throughout Madison County.

Light refreshments will be served.

If your business or organization would like more information about the training session, contact the Coalition at 740-852-4000 and leave a message or stop by the EMA offices at 271 Elm St., London. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It is advised that anyone wanting to attend should make a reservation by calling the EMA offices or by reserving a seat by going online to: and typing the password: QPREMA. Space for this event is limited.

Staff report