The QPR for Occupational Therapists and other allied health professionals is intended to prevent suicide not just among patients, but among employees, colleagues, co-workers, friends and family members.
QPR training is a universal intervention for persons experiencing a potentially life-threatening mental health emergency and, like CPR, can be carried out by anyone trained in its use.
International students please note
Suicide rates for QPR courses are US-specific. To determine suicide rates in your country, please visit the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide_rates/en/ .
Or, Google your federal, state, or province name and "suicide rate." Remember that suicide rates need 5 to 10 year horizons to be of much value as to interpreting any changes in trend lines.
Why this training program?:
The burden of suffering associated with suicidal behavior is a public health crisis throughout the world. The mission of the QPR Institute is to:
As of this writing in early 2017, the Institute and its faculty have trained almost three million gatekeepers worldwide. In addition, thousands of clinical health care providers have been trained in how to detect, assess, manage, and treat suicidal consumers.
If this sounds like an "army" of people helping to prevent suicide, it is. Now, with your help, we will create a new division in that army of educated, trained occupational therapists and other health professionals to help prevent suicide around the globe.
While expert opinion may differ as to what helper competencies are required to assist suicidal persons achieve the most beneficial outcomes, little controversy exists about the lack of qualified manpower to help the millions of people who think about, attempt, and sometimes die by suicide. For this reason alone, new state laws are being passed to improve the capacity of health professionals to respond effectively to suicidal patients.
The history and source of QPR training programs grew from collaborative research and development work in partnership with Washington State University, The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research, the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program, Spokane Mental Health (now Frontier Behavioral Health), and Spokane County Regional Health District.
We know that occupational therapists are in frequent contact with at-risk populations. Learning to recognize and respond to possible suicide warning signs, and how to facilitate a competent referral and follow-up is key to preventing suicide.
This training is not a substitute for a college degree in counseling or other mental health profession, nor can it provide the face-to-face supervised experience those in the helping professions are provided in the course of their professional career development. The program does not teach suicide risk assessment skills. Suicide risk assessment training is provided in other QPR Institute programs.
Modularized in a rich mix of text, video, voice-over PowerPoint™ lectures, interactive practice sessions, and other state-of-the-art interactive and e-learning technologies, the QPR for occupational therapists training program provides a dynamic introduction to suicide risk detection, intervention, means restriction, referral and follow up.
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Thank you for helping to prevent suicide.