Suicide Prevention Training to be held at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center

Suicide touches the lives of everyone. From 2001-2006, the suicide rate in Lincoln County (16.0) for all years was higher than the state rate (11.8). In the same time frame, the greatest number of suicides occurred in people aged 45-54. Firearms were the most often used method in Lincoln County suicides (52%).

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition and Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center will be hosting a suicide prevention training called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) on Tuesday, May 13, from 5– 6 p.m., in the DeAngelis Room.

QPR is designed to increase the awareness about suicide and the warning signs. The training also teaches three basic intervention skills (Question, Persuade, and Refer) that can help someone.

“Based on the Lincoln County Community Health Survey from 2011, most people get support from their family and friends,” stated Tammi Boers, Lincoln County Health Department. “Suicide affects everyone in the community and everyone can play a role in prevention. We need to let people know there is help available.” Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain that they are in.

Participation is limited so please RSVP to Tammi Boers at 715-539-1373 or by May 9.

One of the health priorities for Healthy People Lincoln County, a community health plan for improving the health of Lincoln County citizens, is mental health. Visit for more information.

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