First Responder QPR Instructor Course

May 20, 2024

Event Time: (10:00-4:00)

Class # 021

Virtual Event (Zoom)

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) funds evidence-based Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Instructor training for Ohio first responder agencies. It is prudent to provide all first responders with the education and training necessary to become aware of the warning signs, risk factors, and situations that may cause someone to have suicidal thoughts.

The skills and techniques used in suicide prevention can apply to the public, coworkers, family, and friends. Suicide and suicidal ideation can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, rank, etc. Everyone plays a role in suicide prevention. You do not have to be a mental health professional to save a life. Most of the time, it is not a mental health professional that a suicidal person expresses their thoughts and feelings to first—it is a friend, colleague, or family member. This project aims to equip key first responder personnel with the confidence and competence needed to initiate conversations about suicide with colleagues, instill hope, and refer at-risk colleagues to appropriate mental and behavioral health resources.

Registration Deadline: May 19, 2024

Additional Training: Participants must complete two hours of prerequisite training. The prerequisite training will be accessible after we submit the 5/20 First Responder QPR Instructor roster to the QPR Institute. They will contact you about your profile information.

QPR Materials: You will receive your QPR materials in the mail. You do not need them to start the course; these materials are for you to facilitate training after you become certified.

Limitations: Your certification only allows you to present community Gatekeeper training. Your QPR Instructor certification does not include the right to train others to become Gatekeeper Instructors. Only a master trainer can certify other QPR Instructors.

Attendees must be one of the following categories:

  1. Law Enforcement
  2. Firefighter
  3. EMS
  4. Dispatcher

Attendees must be a resident of Ohio.

This FREE educational opportunity is brought to you by generous contributions from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Questions/General Information:
Jason Hughes
Program Manager | Veteran Liaison
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation