SAM Foundation to Provide Suicide Prevention Training
April 4, 2019
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SAM Foundation to Provide Suicide Prevention Training

By Staff Reports

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The SAM Foundation will bring its highly educational QPR training program for suicide prevention to Rainsville on April 9. This program is free of charge and open to the entire community, including first responders, emergency personnel, educators and other residents who want to learn more about the signs of suicide and how to help those who may be in crisis.

The SAM Foundation is an organization that provides free suicide awareness training programs across northern Alabama and Georgia and is able to customize its programs for groups of any size. Just in the last six months, training provided by The SAM Foundation to six therapists from the Children’s Advocacy Center in Fort Payne resulted in the successful intervention with 18 high school students who were at risk. The organization is currently focused on expanding its training programs and support groups to reach others throughout Alabama and Georgia. 

“What we have found is that the programs The SAM Foundation provides are working,” said Nicole Goggans, Alabama Program Coordinator for the SAM Foundation. “A few of those who have attended our community workshops have been able to directly help specific individuals who were in crisis and they have been able to get them the help they needed, preventing a much worse outcome. We are really proud that we are already seeing our programs at work and succeeding in helping our community.”

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, highlighting the most effective steps to help an individual who may be struggling and may be in danger of taking his or her own life. The focus of this program and the other training programs provided by The SAM Foundation is to promote awareness of the warning signs, clues and communications of people who may be considering suicide, and teach those in the community around them how to intervene with those at risk. By learning the steps, QPR, like CPR, can save lives. 

“The SAM Foundation is able to provide a variety of awareness training classes for many different sized groups,” said Goggans. “In this case, we are hosting a larger, more extensive training class called QPR training, which focuses on the skills of how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be in crisis. We have found through our research that suicide can be preventable, so we want to reach as many in the community who we can and teach them how to help someone who may be struggling.”

The SAM Foundation’s QPR training will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Jimmy Wright Emergency Operations Complex, and will be hosted by DeKalb County 911.

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