Suicide prevention training offered to employees

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (October 19, 2022) — University of Kentucky Human Resources, in conjunction with UK HealthCare’s Healthy Kentucky Initiative, is offering free online training to help employees who know someone with mental illness become a mental health champion and learn how to save a life through research-backed suicide prevention. training program.

The Ask, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) online training teaches the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR’s mission is to reduce suicidal behavior and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. All personnel interested in learning the QPR technique for suicide prevention are welcome to attend the training. Register and learn more about the new QPR online training here. UK departments can also request live QPR training here for their unit.

“The QPR suicide prevention training gives participants the education that enables them to make a positive difference in the life of another individual,” said Ann Bassoni, Registered Clinical Social Worker and Mental Health Therapist at UK Human Resources. “The program teaches individuals to ask the hardest question they hope they will ever have to ask: ‘Are you considering suicide?'”

UK HR offers a full range of mental and emotional health resources for employees, including one-on-one short-term counselling, health coaching, workshops and on-demand content like the ‘Becoming Wildly Resilient’ podcast.

“The addition of QPR training is an example of our continued efforts to look after our employees,” said Jody Ensman, UK HR Wellbeing Director. “Mental and emotional health is essential to overall well-being. We want our employees to know we’re there for them when they need us, and we’re ready to meet them where they are on their unique wellness journey.

If you or someone you know is currently in distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately at 988 (call, text, or chat) or 800-273-TALK (8255) for referral to the Lifeline Network Crisis Center local. For non-crisis emotional and coping support, please call the NAMI Lexington WarmLine at 877-840-5167 (1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday).