Suicide Prevention training
Mama Dragons believes in
empowering mothers with knowledge to help save lives
Studies show that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24, with LGB youth almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide as compared to heterosexual youth, and 8.4 times as likely if they have a highly rejecting family as compared to LGB youth who have no or low levels of family rejection. (The Trevor Project, 2021) With these staggering numbers, Mama Dragons wanted to help educate and empower our moms to be able to help keep their children safe.
In October 2019, Mama Dragons began to use the QPR Institute to train some of our Mama Dragons to be instructors for their online program. These instructors provide basic suicide prevention training (called “Gatekeeper” training) to the rest of the Mama Dragons at no cost to members.
Notifications about upcoming free QPR training sessions are posted in Mama Dragons’ main private Facebook group as well as the subgroups and emails. Click here to join Mama Dragons.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps 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.
QPR can be learned in a Gatekeeper course in as little as 1-2 hours. What is a Gatekeeper? According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.
As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to: Recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and how to get help and save a life.