Trigger warning: This webinar will include discussion of suicide and/or reference to other mental health disorders and their symptoms/signs which may be traumatizing/disturbing for some viewers.
This webinar will discuss the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), a method of suicide prevention training with 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR can help save a life, 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. QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons, the intent of which is also to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care.
In QPR the general public is educated about the known warning signs of a suicide crisis: expressions of hopelessness, depression, giving away prized possessions, talking of suicide, securing lethal means, and then taught how to respond
Early Recognition of suicide | The sooner warning signs are detected and help sought, the better the outcome of a suicidal crisis will be.
Early QPR | Asking someone about the presence of suicidal thoughts and feelings opens up a conversation that may lead to a referral for help.
Early intervention and referral | Referral to local resources or calling for evaluation and possible referral is critical.
Speaker: Tazeen Ahmed
Tazeen Ahmed is a Senior Program Coordinator in the Strategic Initiatives and Communication division at the Montgomery County ADAMHS Board with a focus in Health Policy and Equity. Throughout her time in the field, Tazeen has served in various capacities facilitating direct service prevention across the lifespan. In her role as the Zero Suicide Program Coordinator at the Montgomery County ADAMHS Board in the Prevention and Early Intervention division she oversaw the implementation of suicide prevention in three healthcare systems. Specializing in suicide prevention and maternal & infant child health, Tazeen has experience in working with healthcare and behavioral healthcare systems in identifying gaps in services and addressing social determinants of health at a systems level. She received her Master of Public Health at Boonshoft School of Medicine and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Wright State University. Tazeen is committed to strengthening relationships with members from all sectors of the community to expand prevention efforts and address the social determinants of health to make an influential impact on her community.