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Friday 15 December 2017

Programme helps to tackle suicide

Console are holding a Christmas Celebration of Light in Wexford
Console are holding a Christmas Celebration of Light in Wexford

SUICIDE Prevention and Bereavement charity Console are holding a suicide prevention training programme in Wexford to enable people to learn how to help save lives.

SUICIDE Prevention and Bereavement charity Console are holding a suicide prevention training programme in Wexford to enable people to learn how to help save lives.

The rate of suicide in County Wexford is one of the highest in Ireland and double the national average.

The one-day training programme entitled QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) will take place at Console House, 14 Francis Street, Wexford on Tuesday, July 23.

'Question, persuade and refer are three simple steps that anyone can quickly learn to help save a life from suicide,' said Console founder and CEO Paul Kelly.

'Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

'People considering suicide often feel very isolated and alone. They may feel that nobody can help them or understand their pain.

'When unable to see any other way of dealing with pain, suicide may seem to be a way out.'

Console said the figures for the county were very worrying.

'This is a serious cause for concern as the national average for death by suicide is 11.1 per 100,000 population,' said Console's Director of Services Ciaran Austin.

Paul said that during the course people will train to become QPR-trained 'gatekeepers' and will learn to recognise the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and then how to offer help and save a life.

'A gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognise a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide," said Paul.

All participants will receive QPR Gatekeeper Certificate awarded by The QPR Institute

The course runs from 10 am to 4 pm, and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

The fee is €75 per person.

Booking forms are available on www.console.ie or by ringing Console's head office on 01 610 2638

Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 201 890 and many resources and useful information can be found at www.console.ie

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