QPR Training for Ag Professionals and Producers Being Offered

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Suicide is among the top five leading causes of death for Iowans between the ages of 10 and 54 years old. Additionally, over five times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents -the most recent data suggests little to no improvement in suicide trends as Iowans continue to recover from the lasting effects of the pandemic.
“In response to this continuing impact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a “Question. Persuade. Refer” (QPR) training to community members in Kossuth County,” says Demi Johnson Human Sciences Behavioral Health Program Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. QPR is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.  The Kossuth County training is being held in partnership with Care Connections of Northern Iowa and the Eyerly Ball Mobile Crisis Response Team.
“Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help,” Johnson explained.
Agribusiness professionals, agriculture lenders and bankers, veterinarians, vet techs, commodity group members, producers, farm families and other concerned individuals are invited to attend the QPR training on Wednesday, January 12th at 12:00 pm.  The training is being held at Water’s Edge Nature Center north of Algona and lunch will be provided for participants, courtesy of Care Connections of Northern Iowa. 
“In Kossuth County, we have rural isolation and a lack of mental health services, and are also feeling the impact of COVID-19, creating the perfect storm,” says Sandy Pelzer, Children Services Coordinator with Care Connections of Northern Iowa.  “As citizens and professionals of Kossuth County, it’s more important than ever to be trained in QPR.”
Say “yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor and register for the QPR training!  To register, go to extension.iastate.edu/kossuth. Use code “AGPRO” at checkout to register at no cost.















On the second screen when checking out, USE CODE "AGPRO"!

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