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Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business

Just as training of the general community in Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver helps to save lives… so does training in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and Question – Persuade – Refer (QPR). Both YMHFA and QPR are examples of evidence-based suicide prevention programs. The McDowell Institute in partnership with the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way recently provided training in a few local schools systems in the region. This training resulted in 150 teachers and administrators becoming credentialed in YMHFA and an additional 125 teachers and para-educators becoming credentialed in QPR. Further, in an effort to work further up-stream with respect to pre-service educator training, the McDowell Institute has partnered with fourteen other institutions of higher education that operate educator preparatory programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide YMHFA training during the summer and early fall 2018. These collaborative efforts resulted in 175 aspiring educators becoming credentialed in YMHFA these past few months as they were either approaching or entering their student teaching experiences. Bloomsburg University’s College of Education comprised a large portion of these aspiring educators completing YMHFA.

Greek Executive Officers at Bloomsburg University
Question – Persuade – Refer (QPR)
Suicide Prevention Training

When: Three date options from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. (October 12 & 26, and November 2, 2018)
Where: Navy Hall 221
Cost: No Cost to BU Greek Executive Board members

Pre-registration: Each of these QPR training events is being provided through collaboration with BU’s Health & Wellness and the Office of Student Affairs. Each training event requires pre-registration. Each training is capped at 30 participants. Pre-registrations will be processed on a first come – first served basis.

Register today!