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Transcript of QPR Slideshow
“I wish I were dead.”
“I’m going to commit suicide.”
“I’m going to end it all.”
“If (such and such) doesn’t happen, I’ll kill myself.” WHEN YOU APPLY QPR, YOU PLANT THE SEEDS OF HOPE.
HOPE HELPS PREVENT SUICIDE. Offer to consult with clergy, therapists, psychiatrists or whomever is going to provide the counseling or treatment.
Follow up with a visit, a phone call or a card, and in whatever way feels comfortable to you, let the person know you care about what happens to them.
Caring may save a life. Suicidal people often believe they cannot be helped, so you may have to do more.
The BEST referral involves taking the person directly to someone who can help.
The next best referral is getting a commitment from them to accept help, then making the arrangements to get that help.
The third best referral is to give referral information and try to get a good faith commitment not to complete or attempt suicide.
Any willingness to accept help at some time, even if in the future, is a good outcome. "Will you go with me to get help?"
“Will you let me help you get help?”
“Will you promise me not to kill yourself until we’ve found some help?”
YOUR WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN AND TO HELP CAN REKINDLE HOPE, AND MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. HOW TO PERSUADE SOMEONE TO STAY ALIVE Listen to the problem and give them your full attention
Remember, suicide is not the problem, only the solution to a perceived insolvable problem
Do not rush to judgment
Offer hope in any form © “You’re not suicidal, are you?”
“You’re just kidding about killing yourself, aren’t you?”
“You’re not thinking about doing anything stupid/crazy, are you?” How NOT to Ask the Question “You know, when people are as upset as you seem to be, they sometimes wish they were dead. I’m wondering if you’re feeling that way, too?”
“You look pretty miserable, I wonder if you’re thinking about suicide?”
“Are you thinking about killing yourself?” “Have you been unhappy lately?"
"Have you been very unhappy lately?"
"Have you been so very unhappy lately that you’ve been thinking about ending your life?”
“Do you ever wish you could go to sleep and never wake up?” Q = Question If in doubt, don’t wait, ask the question
If the person is reluctant, be persistent
Talk to the person alone in a private setting
Allow the person to talk freely
Give yourself plenty of time
Have your resources handy: QPR Card, phone numbers, counselor’s name and any other information that might help Tips for Asking the Suicide Question Being fired or being expelled from school
A recent unwanted move
Loss of any major relationship
Death of a spouse, child, or best friend, especially if by suicide
Diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness
Sudden unexpected loss of freedom/fear of punishment
Anticipated loss of financial security
Loss of a cherished therapist, counselor or teacher
Fear of becoming a burden to others © Any previous suicide attempt
Acquiring a gun or stockpiling pills
Co-occurring depression, moodiness, hopelessness
Putting personal affairs in order
Giving away prized possessions
Sudden interest or disinterest in religion
Drug or alcohol abuse, or relapse after a period of recovery
Unexplained anger, aggression and irritability “I’m tired of life, I just can’t go on.”
“My family would be better off without me.”
“Who cares if I’m dead anyway.”
“I just want out.”
“I won’t be around much longer.”
“Pretty soon you won’t have to worry about me.” Suicide Clues And Warning Signs How can I help?
Ask the Question...
Myth: Suicidal people keep their plans to themselves.
Fact: Most suicidal people communicate their intent
sometime during the week preceding their attempt.
Myth: Those who talk about suicide don’t do it.
Fact: People who talk about suicide may try, or even
complete, an act of self-destruction.
Myth: Once a person decides to complete suicide, there
is nothing anyone can do to stop them.
Fact: Suicide is the most preventable kind of death, and
almost any positive action may save a life. Suicide Myths and Facts Say: “I want you to live,” or “I’m on your side...we’ll get through this.”
Get others involved. Ask the person who else might help...
Family? Friends? Brothers? Sisters? Pastors? Priest? Rabbi? Bishop? Physician? © QPR QPR is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment.
QPR is intended to offer hope through positive action.
Northern Kentucky University
Health, Counseling and Prevention Services
Presented by: Aaron Shafto, MA, LPCC QPR Training © QPR Ask A Question, Save A Life © QPR Question, Persuade, Refer QPR Training Myth: No one can stop a suicide, it is inevitable.
Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they
will probably never be suicidal again.
Myth: Confronting a person about suicide will only make
them angry and increase the risk of suicide.
Fact: Asking someone directly about suicidal intent
lowers anxiety, opens up communication and
lowers the risk of an impulsive act.
Myth: Only experts can prevent suicide.
Fact: Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and
anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide The more clues and signs observed, the greater the risk. Take all signs seriously. Direct Verbal Clues Indirect Verbal Clues Behavioral Clues Situational Clues Remember:
How you ask the question is less important than that you ask it. Direct Approach NOTE:
If you cannot ask the question, find someone who can. Less Direct Approach P = Persuade Remember: R = Refer Then Ask: Remember: Thank you for coming!