Exciting news!  Jane Skantze, Community Impact Manager, and Debbie Baird, Resiliency Essentials Coordinator of the Makin’ It Happen Team, held a QPR…Question, Persuade and Refer Suicide Prevention Training for all Faculty and Staff at Trinity High School of Greater Manchester.

QPR is a national evidence-based suicide prevention program that helps to reduce suicidal behaviors and saves 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 love.

Trinity High School will be able to take these skills that they have gained to help support the students, their families, and their communities on how to get help and where to go for that help when someone is in crisis.

In the last 3 years, the New Hampshire State Suicide Prevention Council helped to pass and support the legislation of RSA 193-J, which requires all schools to develop suicide prevention policies and training.  It’s exciting to see this work unfold across New Hampshire and the Greater Manchester region.

Deb Baird shares that; “training school faculty and staff, and designated school volunteers in youth risk factors, warning signs, protective factors is so important for building stronger resilient youth.  Being able to listen, and become that trusted adult and support students can go to is key when youth may be at risk or having struggles. The QPR program helps to do just that for all involved.”  

Makin It Happen is excited to continue this work and looks forward to hosting more QPR training sessions in the near future. To learn more about scheduling a QPR training contact Deb Baird at dab@mih4u.org.