EDUCATION | There are two (2) main areas of influence within our educational programs. LiFE OF HOPE believes that when you know better, you can do better. Our education programs are designed for those who desire a greater understanding of the contributing influences to suicide ideation and the many paths available for healthy recovery.
QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) CERTIFICATION TRAINING | Just as CPR training provides people with life-saving knowledge, QPR certified individuals learn the LiFE-Saving skills to respond to a potential or existing suicidal crisis. Training includes a thorough understanding of how to identify known behaviors/warning signs (i.e. severe depression, expressions of hopelessness, trouble sleeping, burdensome feelings, talking of suicide, isolation, altered mood, seeking lethal means, etc.) and then are taught specific steps on how to respond for a LiFE-Saving intervention and successful referral.
QPR training is available at no cost to Washington County mental health workers, educators, students, law enforcement officers and support staff, medical and EMT responders, faith groups, HR managers, service groups providing service to similar at risk individuals, professional groups, sport teams, and more. If QPR is not yet available to you through these organizations, ALL ARE WELCOMED to register for an open-enrollment session, held twice each month at the LiFE OF HOPE office in downtown, West Bend. To schedule your QPR certification session, CLICK HERE.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION FORUMS | These LiFE OF HOPE events are designed to share a relatable message of how the topic of suicide affects our community through personal experience and professional insight. An ephasis is placed on the importance of mental wellness and positive coping skills to ensure personal safety and enjoyment of LiFE. There are three formats which these forums may be structured.
- Survivor(s), mental/medical health professionals, and others who support a similar “at-risk” community, participate in moderated, open discussion panel dialogue to address the many aspects of suicide ideation, attempt, and death.
- A keynote guest speaker shares a “lived experience” story or professional insight to the topic of suicide. This format is meant to provide intimate, inspirational, and educational insight to the challenges faced by individuals who face suicidal adversity.
- A theater movie presentation introduces the topic of suicide and/or related risk factors and behaviors for greater understanding of the challenges faced by suicidal individuals and affected loved ones.
In each of the above formats, an opportunity for community discussion are welcomed and encouraged. These educational forums are intended to enhance understanding and keep the topic of suicide attempt aversion and loss prevention a top priority long into the future.