Suicide prevention program offered to farmers and agribusinesses this fall | Knoxville

AMES – Although Iowa farmers can prepare for the fall harvest, the stress they may face at this time of year can make it harder to prepare.

Extreme weather conditions, labor issues and time constraints can aggravate financial problems such as falling crop prices, rising input costs and increasing debt burdens. The stress can be overwhelming. In response, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continues to offer “Question. To persuade. Refer to.” formations, also known as QPR.

“QPR is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicidal thoughts and how to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide,” said Demi Johnson, behavioral health program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Participants also learn how to persuade someone to get help and direct them to the appropriate help.”

ISU Extension and Outreach offers QPR in September, National Suicide Prevention Month, and throughout the fall. ISU Extension and Outreach will offer QPR Virtual Classes from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: September 7, 14, 19, 21, and 28; October 3 and 19; November 2 and 16; and December 14. Private lessons for groups of 15 to 30 participants are also available on request. Pre-registration is mandatory for all programs. To register, go to extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/QPR. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, award #2020-70028-32728, funds this program.

“We encourage farmers, agribusiness professionals and others to participate in the training. Those who have already taken the QPR may choose to take the course again as a refresher. This provides former participants with the opportunity to improve their knowledge, skills and efficiency should they need to respond to someone of concern to them,” Johnson said.

For more information, contact Demi Johnson at demij@iastate.edu.