Deaconess Cross Pointe helped host QPR training for 56 USI Resident Assistants in collaboration with USI Public Safety, Religious life, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Housing, the Multi-Cultural Center and Southwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
The numbers of students living on USI's campus this semester is about 1800, however the reach of this training far exceeds these numbers. RA’s are involved in many other groups, have additional jobs, friends and family members. The skills that the RA’s gained can touch many, many more than just those on campus.
While a zero suicide community may never be unattainable, adding 56 more QPR Gatekeepers into the community is a significant step in the prevention of suicide.