GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Mental Health America is offering a free virtual suicide prevention training course on Tuesday April 28th. The session is currently full, but MHA will host another training on May 12 at 10 a.m.
They will be teaching warning signs to look for an Question-Persuade-Refer skills. Theses are three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Erin Perdue is the Director of Education and Engagement for MHA.
She said the calls into their crisis hotline have gone up 112% from March to April. She explained that while social distancing is good for stopping the spread of coronavirus, but it causes isolation, which can add fuel to the fire of mental health struggles. Just like CPR training, this will give people tools to help in a crisis.
"We want as many people to be trained in QPR suicide prevention so that they at any time can help in a mental health crisis," she said.
She said they are especially targeting restaurant workers, hair dressers and barbers to get this training for when they are able to go back to work.
"They are like therapists in their own right," she said. "We sit down in their chairs and open up about our lives to them. One of the tools we talk about in QPR suicide prevention training is that listening is the power tool to help. Bartenders listen, hair dressers listen, barbers listen."
Perdue said they are also in need of volunteers to take calls on the crisis line. Click here to learn more about how you can become a volunteer. Check out the MHA website and Facebook page to stay updated for when the May 12th session is open for registration.