September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Due to the dramatic rise in suicides in Pennsylvania and across the nation, the Peters Township Public Library will host Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention in partnership with Prevent Suicide PA on Tuesday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.The library is the first site in Pennsylvania to offer this suicide prevention training called QPR which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to decrease suicidal behaviors and save lives. The session will discuss how to recognize risk factors and the tools available to help prevent a suicide.
Register to attend online at https://tinyurl.com/ybjpkyjc or call 724.941.9430 #1. A certified QPR trainer from Prevent Suicide PA will run this free training session which is open to all members of the community.
QPR is one of the leading evidence-based programs in suicide prevention in the country. The intent is to recognize and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to proper care. 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. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a neighbor. For more information, visit preventsuicidepa.org.
Prevent Suicide PA is a new partner organization with PA Forward, a statewide program that works through five key literacies – Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Financial, and Health – connecting Pennsylvania residents with information at their local library to enhance their quality of life. The Peters Township Public Library is recognized as a PA Forward Gold Star Library for bringing quality programming and resources to the patrons they serve.