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This Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. there will be a QPR Suicide Prevention training at Salida High School, focused on information to help someone you might know who is struggling.

To RSVP for the event, text “QPR” to 719-248-1999.

Learning how to effectively engage with youth experiencing mental health struggles is incredibly important.

The free training session focuses on the letters “QPR”. They stand for three steps to take to help someone who needs some mental health support: “question, persuade, refer.” The three words encapsulate three sets: asking questions to discover what the teen is struggling with, persuading them to talk with someone who can help, then referring them to a mental health professional.

This event precedes an upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid training scheduled for September 29. (More details to follow.)

The training will be presented by Cassie Stauch and Natalie Moore of Solvista Health. It will include pizza and snacks.

The training is free, and has been coordinated by Solvista Health working with the Extraordinary Teen Council and the FYI (Family and Youth Initiatives) team.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and awareness programs are organized to raise the public’s awareness that there are resources to help anyone, whether teens, veterans or others who need support.