Delaware County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts program to open conversation about mental health

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 3:10 AM CDT
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MANCHESTER, Iowa (KCRG) - Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. at theStone Church in Manchester, people will have a chance to learn how to help someone if they say they have thoughts of committing suicide.

The Delaware County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting its third free QPR training session. The program hopes to spread awareness and provide community members with the skills to respond to someone who may try to take their life.

QPR means “question, persuade and refer.” It teaches people to ask the question, “are you thinking of suicide,” and persuade the person to get help, and then to refer them to a professional.

The goal of the training is to give community members the proper tools to respond to someone who may be considering taking their own life.

The coalition was started by cousins Jessica Pape and Stefanie Dingbaum. Both Pape and Dingbaum work closely with teens and realize the need for programs like QPR.

“It’s been really important, just because we’ve seen the gaps. And I think that has been the biggest eye-opener for all of us is that when we all came together,” said Jessica Pape.

The program hopes to spread awareness and provide community members and start a larger conversation.

“Really realizing the gap that was there of you know, there are services available, but people in communities don’t know who to turn to where to go. And so really realizing that that is a key component there of just how do we make sure people do know how to respond, say the right things,” said Pape.

To sign up for the training, click here. Childcare is available upon request.

Pape wants to emphasize you don’t have to be from Delaware County to take part in the conversation about mental health.

For anyone having feelings or thoughts of suicide, there is always help.

Foundation 2 has a crisis line at 319-362-2174.

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