AMCNO Partners with Local ADAMHS Board on QPR Training

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County has requested that The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) partner with them to sponsor and help promote the Board’s QPR Training to physicians in the county. The AMCNO Board of Directors has agreed to sponsor this program. 

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) teaches three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

The ADAMHS Board’s primary goal is to train healthcare professionals in Cuyahoga County who are most likely to encounter people at risk for suicide in the QPR method. They are targeting healthcare professionals/physicians because The American Association of Sociology reports that 45% of individuals who die by suicide visit their primary care physician within 1 month of their death and 20% visit within 24 hours. And this “last medical contact” before suicide is even higher among the elderly, with almost 50% of suicide victims having seen their doctor within the past week. This is an educational opportunity to teach healthcare professionals in Cuyahoga County their potential role in suicide intervention and prevention.

Healthcare professionals have been recognized as key gatekeepers, who are in need of training in the identification and management of suicide and depression. The ADAMHS Board will provide a certified QPR Instructor to conduct the 1- to 2-hour training session. This instructor will come prepared with all of the necessary resource materials. If it is convenient for the trainee group, the session may be held at the AMCNO’s offices or individual doctor’s offices. The ADAMHS Board also provides free conference space at their location. The ADAMHS Board is only providing this training in Cuyahoga County. The training is completely free for the AMCNO and those who attend the session. The QPR Institute has been listed as an evidence-based practice in the National Register of Evidence-based Practices and Policies (NREPP). The purpose of the registry is to assist the public and program-adopters to identify scientifically based approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders and prevent suicide. Only 12 suicide prevention programs or interventions have met the rigorous quality of research and readiness for dissemination requirements for listing. 

For more information on this program, click here.

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