Teachers take on suicide prevention training this month

Teachers from all over Tippecanoe County are getting a lesson on suicide prevention.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 5:20 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Educators within Tippecanoe County are getting trained on suicide prevention this month.

Teachers from all 35 schools are required to take the training every three years. This rule went into effect starting the 2017-2018 school year.

The training is designed to help break the stigma surrounding suicide. Mental Health America Wabash Valley Region is hosting the training. The teachers are learning the QPR method, which teaches them how to question, persuade and refer students toward getting the help they need.

Erin Perdue, MHA director of engagement calls this critical curriculum for teachers.

“This is really critical training for anyone who works with students so that they can recognize signs and symptoms of mental health issues,” said Perdue. “They can connect the dots when they recognize they are seeing warning signs.”

Perdue hopes teachers leave understanding the importance of listening.

“We hope that teachers take away the idea that they’re here and they’re hearing things from students and they can recognize when someone might be struggling or having thoughts of suicide,” said Perdue. “Anyone can offer hope. Hope is something as simple as listening, in this training we want people to walk away knowing listening can be the power to help someone.”

Teachers are not able to get their teaching license until they take suicide prevention training. This Indiana law went into effect in 2013.

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