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Question, Persuade, Refer Training

By Lisa Hendrickson
Shickley Public School
On Thursday, October 18, the Shickley Public Schools hosted the suicide prevention training for the school community known as “QPR”. Question. Persuade. Refer. These simple words make a difference in interventions of potential suicide victims. Trainers for this valuable presentation were Tim Pickering-Nebraska State Patrol serving in the Hebron Office, Jill Kuzelka-Public Health of Beatrice, and Scott Stemper-Region V Systems, located in Lincoln. Statistics show suicide is the leading cause of death in Nebraska for ages 10-14, the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34, and overall the 10th leading cause of death.
When asked about why she wanted to open this up to the public Superintendent Sadie Coffey replied “That could be our students, our staff, or our community members. Nebraska Statute 79-2,146 requires schools to provide at least one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training each year for staff, but in Shickley, Nebraska I realized pretty quick that our “staff” surpasses far beyond the walls of the school. Opening this training up to the public allowed the knowledge and training to spread beyond those walls.”
Crisis assistance can be received through calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, or Center Pointe Crisis Response Line at 402-475-6695 or by texting START to 741-741. Non emergency resources can be received through the Mental Health Association of Nebraska Warm Line, 402-975-2030.