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Hospitals to host QPR suicide prevention session September 28

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health is hosting a free session for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how to help them. The training is called “Question, Persuade, Refer” – or QPR. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save a life.

The session will take place September 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the hospital’s Monsignor Klimek Auditorium (lower level) at Sacred Heart Hospital (900 W. Clairemont Ave.). Registration is required by calling (715) 717-1600.

“Suicide is very hard for most people to talk about,” said Laura Baalrud, community health educator at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “Through QPR training, we hope to open up the dialog about mental health and suicidal feelings to help reduce the stigma that surrounds these subjects. We also want to dispel some myths and misconceptions that people have about suicide and give people the tools they can use that may save a life.”

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