Working together to prevent suicide
Letter to the Editor - Northwest Herald
A suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. No matter the race or age of the person; how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people who die by suicide have a mental health disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression, 30 to 70 percent of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar disorder.
The Mental Health Board is leading the local suicide prevention charge through support of “QPR” (Question, Persuade and Refer). QPR is a comprehensive community-based suicide risk reduction and prevention project that is recognized as an evidence-based practice.
The main goal of this approach to suicide prevention, education, and training is to build collective community competence through broad, systematic training of key community “gatekeepers,” including behavioral health professionals, members of the faith community, human resource and business professionals, etc. (Read More)