GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Suicide isn't something that most people want to talk about, but Greensboro Day students are starting the conversation, in order to help fellow students.
This fall, all Greensboro Day School freshmen went through Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper training, or suicide prevention training.
The national program is used in high schools across the country and Greensboro Day School is the first school in Guilford County to offer this program. The training was supported by grant money.
The course was taught by Mental Health Greensboro. QPR is a research based program that helps reduce the risk of suicide.
The research shows that teens are often some of the first people to notice warning signs in friends, but may not be equipped with tools or know how to respond.
Donna Shelton, Executive Director of Mental Health Greensboro said, “We recognize that teens talk to teens, and QPR gives them the tools they need to talk honestly about suicide and how to get help. Open communication is a crucial first step to recognizing another’s pain and offering hopeful alternatives."
All Greensboro Day School freshmen are enrolled in Health and Wellness, which focuses on student's physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In addition to suicide prevention training, all students became CPR certified.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)