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Douglas County offers free suicide prevention training sessions

There will be two sessions for youth and two for adults. Organizations can also sign up.

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SUPERIOR — The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension in Douglas County is joining forces with the Douglas County Mental Health Project to offer training that could help save lives.

QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is for any adult who would like to learn how to save the life of a youth or adult experiencing a suicide crisis, according to a news release. QPR teaches three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide: Question, Persuade and Refer.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver save thousands of lives each year, QPR Gatekeepers are trained to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to respond to save a life, the news release said. Gatekeepers can be anyone who is in a position to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

“We’ve seen the impact of suicide in our community, and we know that when someone dies by suicide, family, friends, co-workers and the community as a whole can experience a wide range of difficulties in coping with that loss, including possible symptoms of depression and anxiety and even suicidal thoughts,” said Tracy Henegar, Extension educator. “In less than two hours, you can be empowered with the information you need to help save a life and make a difference in our community.”

The first two sessions will be for youth-serving audiences and offered virtually from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 12. Two adult Gatekeeper classes are available noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 3. Additional sessions will be added for both adult and youth serving audiences.

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To register online, go to go.wisc.edu/368q85 .

Extension is seeking organizations to sign up their group for a 90-minute in-person or virtual class.

Learn more about upcoming workshops at douglas.extension.wisc.edu or contact Henegar to set up a class for your organization at Tracy.Henegar@wisc.edu or 715-395-1426.

There is no cost to attend the training thanks to funding provided by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation as part of the Miller-Dwan Foundation’s “Live Well! Northern WI” initiative.

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