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Programs, training on suicide prevention available
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Fact: More than 31,000 people die of suicide in the United States each yearFact: More than 4,000 people between the ages of 15 and 24 die from suicide each yearFact: More than 400 youth between the ages of 7 and 14 die from suicide each yearFact: Nearly 700 people die of suicide in Wisconsin each yearThe Green County Youth Suicide Prevention Program, which is funded by the Garrett Lee Smith Foundation Grant, is committed to suicide prevention in our community through the following programs:• Training programs at Green County schools for staff, students and parents.• Presentations for mental health care providers, community groups and organizations.• Community awareness through informational and educational programs and activities.One such program that is available to any interested group, club, organization, school is called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). QPR training is designed to enhance the general awareness about suicide through public education, teaching the average non-professional person the warning signs of suicide ideation, and teach him or her three basic intervention skills that can help avert the tragedy of suicide.Question - learning how to see the signs of suicidal thoughts and learning how to ask the important question - "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" and listening to the answer without bias or alarm.Persuade - offering the person hope and alternative solutions.