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YSB to offer teen suicide awareness training

Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force will be hosting a Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) training on Wednesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. This free suicide prevention training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau, 1344 Maple Drive. Participants will learn local and state statistics, myths and facts, warning signs and risk factors, local resources and more.

“This training is geared for family members, friends, pastors and others who want to learn more about this critical issue,” said Ryan Beeching, QPR instructor. In 2011, 100 adults were trained on the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide. One participant said, “This information was so vital. Everyone should hear it.”

The QPR training will provide participants with the following information:

- The extent of the problem on a state and national level
- Common myths and facts associated with suicide
- Warning signs and risk factors
- Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to receive help
- Ways to refer at-risk people to local resources

“This is a topic most do not want to deal with or even acknowledge,” added Beeching. “Sadly, however, suicide will likely touch the majority of families in Huntington County in some way. It is important we know the facts and are able to help provide support to those who are under the belief suicide is the only answer to whatever they are dealing with.”

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force is made up of representatives from local law enforcement agencies, Huntington County Community School Corporation, Bowen Center, social service partners, parents, government and YSB. The two primary goals of the Task Force are prevention through education and community awareness and to develop and utilize a community-wide approach when dealing with youth and suicide.

Financial support is provided by the Huntington County Community Foundation and Parkview Huntington Hospital. To learn more about the training or the Task Force, contact the Youth Services Bureau. Space for the program is limited. To register, call the YSB at (260) 356-9681. Online registrations can be sent to