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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Console charity running course to save lives

Saving lives is the aim of a training programme being held by the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console in Wexford today (Tuesday).

Saving lives is the aim of a training programme being held by the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console in Wexford today (Tuesday).

The one-day workshop called QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) is taking place in Console House in Francis Street.

'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, those trained in QPR learn how to recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help,' he said.

The Console chief said people considering suicide often feel very isolated and alone.

'They may feel that nobody can help them or understand their pain.'

'When they are unable to see any other way of coping with pain, they may view suicide as a way out.'

QPR-trained 'gatekeepers' learn to recognise the warning signs of suicide and 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 the Console CEO.

'They can include health care professionals, parents, friends, neighbours, teachers, doctors, nurses, priests, work colleagues, gardai and many others in a position to recognise someone at risk of suicide.'

Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide.

The charity has full-time centres in Wexford, Kerry, Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Mayo and Kildare.

Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 201 890 while information is available online at www.console.ie

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