Suicide is Everyone's Business: Prevention Training Available for FREE in Franklin County

Anyone could be struggling with suicide.

You can’t always see pain. Did you know?

  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Pennsylvania with one suicide occurring, on average, every five hours in the state.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 25 to 34-year-olds and the 3rd leading cause of death for age 10-24-year-olds in Pennsylvania.

You can increase the chance of survival in the event of a crisis.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Healthy Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition would like your help with saving lives by participating in a FREE suicide prevention training.

You can bring training to your worksite in September or pledge to conduct a training throughout the year. The Mental Health Association of Franklin / Fulton County provides a one-hour, evidence-based intervention model:

  1. Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is a one-hour training that teaches 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR training can be facilitated in ONE hour, either on-site or online.

Are you interested in bringing suicide prevention training to your worksite? Then, please complete this employer training interest survey fill by August 10, 2018.

Franklin County Suicide Prevention Training Interest Survey

You can also attend two, free QPR Training events in September facilited by Kenny Wuertenburg, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Franklin/Fulton County:

  • Common Grounds Speakers Series on Saturday, September 8th, 10am-12pm at Coyle Free Library
  • Summit Health Employer Roundtable on Wednesday, September 19, 7:30am-10am at Coyle Free Library. Register here by noon on September 17th.

Listen to a recent podcast with Kenny Wuertenberg to learn more about suicide prevention and the Mental Health Association of Franklin/Fulton County.