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Crystal Lake-based School District 155 staffers to get suicide prevention training

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Mental Health Board and Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 are pairing up to provide suicide prevention training to about 250 district staff members.

Question, Persuade and Refer Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is an evidence-based practice that focuses on recognizing people at risk of suicide and persuading them to seek and accept help, according to a news release from the Mental Health Board.

The program uses a community approach to promote a greater sense of shared responsibility and skills to prevent suicide, the release stated.

“This is an opportunity to further educate our staff as we continue to provide support for our students every day,” District 155 Superintendent Dr. Johnnie Thomas said in a statement. “We are grateful to have a strong partnership with the McHenry County Mental Health Board, and we look forward to working together to expand resources within our community.”

QPR training is supported by volunteers and about 30 McHenry County program facilities and the McHenry County Behavioral Health Foundation.

For information on the program, contact the Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828 or visit www.mchenrycountyqpr.org.

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