Suicide Prevention Initiatives

At CHOICE, our staff are engaged in active conversations with partners and stakeholders about important issues such as suicide prevention.  CHOICE currently sponsors virtual suicide prevention training.  In 2022, CHOICE staff are engaging with educational leaders to role out another initiative called Hope Squad.

Suicide Prevention Training

CHOICE/CPAA is pleased to be a co-sponsor with Family Education Support Services in suicide prevention training.  The model for this training is better known by the acronym QPR (Question Persuade Refer). Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world. To learn more about the development of this program, please visit  https://qprinstitute.com/.

Everyone can save lives.

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR is a 90 minute evidence-based training providing practical and proven suicide prevention strategies for work, school, at home and in your community.

What to Expect?

Through lecture, videos and practice, you will be able to respond confidently to emergency situations. Skills and topics include:

  • How suicide is a public health emergency

  • Recognizing risk factors & warning signs of suicide

  • Understanding the myths & facts of suicide

  • Learning about direct and indirect cues of someone at risk for suicide

  • Learn about the behavioral cues related to suicide

  • Learn the situational cues related to suicide

  • Question - Learn how to ask about suicide (and learn how NOT to ask about suicide

  • Persuade - Learn how to influence a person to seek ongoing help

  • Refer - Learn how to refer and support a person to resources

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To register for a QPR Training course, visit https://familyess.org/QPR/ or call 360.754.7629.

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Hope Squad is a complementary suicide prevention initiative that utilizes a peer-to-peer model within the educational system.  Hope Squad training involves school counselors and/or other community resources working with students by empowering them with skills to help fellow students with suicidality issues. Our team is seeking partnerships in our region to role out this initiative.