GXP Hosts Suicide Prevention Training: Help Save A Life
In taking a proactive stance in the fight against suicide, Gamma Xi Phi, the anti-racist, non-hazing, all-gender professional fraternity for artists and creators, hosted a Suicide Prevention Training: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) session. This essential training program teaches three simple but effective steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as individuals trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver have saved countless lives each year, those trained in QPR acquire the skills to recognize the warning signs of a suicidal crisis and the knowledge of how to question, persuade, and refer someone to professional help.
“Suicide prevention is a critical issue, and it’s our duty as a fraternity committed to the principles of Philanthropy, Sodality, and Elevation to make a meaningful impact in our communities,” said Barbara Howard Phipps, Program Director at Gamma Xi Phi Omicron Chapter. “We believe that everyone should have the tools to help those in need, and QPR training equips individuals with these life-saving skills.”
The training was hosted virtually by Omicron Chapter on September 21, was open to the public and welcomed all community members who wished to learn how to make a positive difference in the lives of those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. It was presented by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County training officers, Carmen Gandarilla, LSW and Regina Spicer, LSW, LICDC-CS. The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio.