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Task force to offer suicide awareness training

Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011

Huntington County has taken an active role in teen suicide prevention for the past two years. A comprehensive approach to prevention has been established with a wide variety of community partners making suicide prevention a high priority within their agency or organization.  The major goal is to increase the community’s awareness of the warning signs and risk factors associated with teen suicide.

The adult education component is known as QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer). There will be a QPR training held on August 24, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. This free suicide prevention training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau located at 1344 Maple Drive.  Participants will learn local and state statistics, myths and facts, warning signs and risk factors, local resources and much more as it relates to suicide. “This training is geared for family members, friends, pastors, etc. who want to learn more about this critical issue,” Ryan Beeching, QPR instructor.  In 2010, 172 adults were trained to recognize the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide. As one participant stated, “This information was so vital, everyone should hear it.”

The QPR training will provide the participants the following information:  The extent of the problem on a national and state level, common myths and facts associated with suicide, warning signs and risk factors, methods for persuading suicidal individuals to receive help and ways to refer at-risk people to local resources.  “This is a topic most do not want to deal with or even acknowledge.  Sadly, however, suicide will likely touch the majority of families in Huntington County in some way,” said Beeching.  “It is important we know the facts and are able to help provide support to those who are under the belief that suicide is the only answer to whatever they are dealing with.”

Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling the Youth Services Bureau at (260) 356-9681 or 1-800-298-5444. Online registrations may be made by e-mailing The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force is made up of representatives from local law enforcement agencies, HCCSC, Bowen Center, Parkview Huntington Hospital, social service partners and the Youth Services Bureau.  The two primary goals of the Task Force are 1) Prevention through education and community awareness 2) Develop and utilize a community wide approach when dealing with youth and suicide.

Financial supporters include: Huntington County Community Foundation, Parkview Huntington Hospital, Indiana Cares and Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute.  The workshop is being offered through grant number SM58392 from the SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of NW Indiana Suicide Prevention Council and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

To learn more about the training or the Task Force, contact the Youth Services Bureau at (260) 356-9681 or visit the website at