Learn to help save a life from suicide. Prevent suicide by learning to Question, Persuade and Refer.

You can become a QPR Gatekeeper. 

Prevent suicide by learning to Question, Persuade and Refer. Suicide is the most preventable cause of death. Learning the warning signs a person may be at risk for suicide, and how to approach someone and have a conversation about your concerns, may make all the difference.

To help recognize these signs for suicide and assist others in need the Aisling Irish Community Center is offering a QPR Gatekeeper training class on Thursday, April 26th at the Aisling Center. Question, Persuade and Refer are three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR save thousands of live each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide crisis and how to question persuade, and refer someone to help.

According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

QPR gatekeeper training takes just one evening and is taught in a format that is clear and concise. Gatekeepers are given information that is easy to understand and reinforced by a QPR booklet and card complete with warning signs, methods to encourage a person to get help and a list of resources available in your community.

To participate in the QPR Gatekeeper Training, you must register with Rosemary at rosemary@aislingcenter.org or call 914-237-5121.

Since 1996, the Aisling Irish Community Center has been a leader in services for the community, offering free counseling and crisis intervention, as well as assistance and referrals for personal tragedies, mental health and substance abuse. The issues most commonly addressed are accommodation, employment, drug and alcohol abuse, education and health. The Aisling Center is the heart of the Irish and Irish American community based in Yonkers and Woodlawn, NY. The center welcomes all and is home to a wide variety of cultural, recreational and social events. It also provides education, employment, accommodation, and legal/immigration referrals. Over and above such crucial first-response efforts, the staff at 990 McLean has amassed a huge information bank which they access daily to share advice & referrals – in person, by phone or via email/Facebook - with immigrant individuals and families struggling to navigate matters of accommodation, employment, health, legal status, education and social networking opportunities. Our doors are open to all, via walk-in, phone and email and provide many services and opportunities on our website, aislingcenter.org, as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

We continually look to grow and increase our programs and services and seek volunteers and support from all. Check out our website, www.aislingcenter.org, contact the center at 914-237-5121 with any questions, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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