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The Office of Public Safety and Security along with Human Resource Development will present a suicide-prevention training session on Wednesday, June 15, at 10 a.m. in 1204B HRD Training Facility located at 1550 East Glenn Ave. The courses, entitled "QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer," is the mental health equivalent of CPR. In an effort to reduce the number of attempted and completed suicide attempts, Auburn University encourages members of the Auburn Family to become QPR certified. Saving someone's life can be as simple as asking the right questions. QPR training teaches groups how to properly intervene when they become aware of the signs or signals that someone is considering suicide, with a goal of identifying high-risk individuals without them having to ask for help.

According to the training, the greater the percentage of members in any given community who are trained to recognize warning signs and refer those individuals to the proper resources, the fewer suicide-related events should occur. Research shows that prior to making an attempt, 90 percent of people in a suicidal crisis give some kind of warning of their crisis or intent to those around them, and the person most likely to prevent someone from taking their own life is someone they already know. This training session will teach participants how to ask the question, persuade someone to get help and refer an individual to resources. The session will be presented by members of Public Safety and Security and Health Promotion and Wellness Services. Interested participants should register through Fast-Train in AU Access. For questions concerning registration, contact Penny Houston at pdh0007@auburn.edu or 844-1693.