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Learn to Help Someone with QPR Training.

Did you know that you have the power to save a life? It’s true! By learning QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), a simple and effective mental health training, you can become equipped to help someone in crisis and potentially prevent a tragedy.

What is QPR Training?

Just like CPR helps with physical emergencies, QPR Training empowers you to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, talk openly and compassionately with someone who may be at risk, and connect them with help.

Who Can Benefit from QPR Training?

Everyone! QPR is valuable for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, from parents and teachers to friends and colleagues. That is why we are thrilled to offer two QPR training opportunities for a limited number of registrants.

Join Chief Carl Metzger on March 8th and Join Lindsay Brown, M.Ed. Ed.S. of Florida LEADS Zero Suicide Project on April 12th for QPR Training

This skills-based training program is designed to teach how to recognize people in crisis, identify suicide warning signs, and apply the mental health equivalent of CPR to someone who may be at risk of suicide. This training program is intended to prevent suicide among employees, colleagues, co-workers, friends, and family members.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand suicide as a major public health problem
  • Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
  • Identify unique verbal, behavioral, and situational suicide warning signs
  • Become acquainted with specific groups at high risk for suicide.
  • Screen someone at risk of suicide
  • Know how to inquire about suicidal thoughts
  • Recognize at least three suicide warning signs
  • Recognize at least three risk factors for suicide
  • Recognize at least three protective factors against suicide Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and intent to act to intervene with persons at risk of suicide

Register for the March 8 Class

Register for the April 12 Class

Meet the Training Experts

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Chief Carl Metzger began his career at the Orlando Police Department in January 1989 and worked numerous assignments, ultimately retiring with the rank of Deputy Chief.

Upon his retirement from the Orlando Police Department, Chief Metzger was hired by the University of Central Florida Police Department as a Deputy Chief. After spending four years as the Operations Commander, Chief Metzger was appointed Chief of Police in June of 2018.

Lindsay Brown, M.Ed. Ed.S. is the Director of Training and Partnerships with the Florida LEADS Zero Suicide Project, a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that works to build suicide safer communities throughout Florida. Lindsay has specialized in suicide prevention since 2007, beginning her work as a suicide hotline counselor and earning her master’s and specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Since joining the grant implementation team at University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and Florida Behavioral Health Association in 2015, Lindsay has trained over 7,500 people in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies and coached countless behavioral health, health, school and community support service systems across the state in suicide best practices.

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