Research indicates that 24-28 percent of therapists will lose a client to suicide.
While there is no data for India, according to a USA Today report, which quoted a 2014 survey by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, 70% of the clinical taskforce had no specific training for suicide. The numbers of mental health practitioners, who have not been trained in suicide in India are likely, higher.
Most mental health professionals have not trained adequately in recognizing signs of suicide, providing emotional support, persuasion methods in keeping clients alive, coaxing them to see a specialist like a psychiatrist, or working on a crisis and safety planning. While some suicides may not be preventable, Gatekeeper knowledge and skills should be the absolute bare minimum of training that a therapist should have, and not possessing this can lead to many lives lost.
Whether you are a mental health professional in training, just graduated, or experienced, you can benefit from Gatekeeper training.
The QPR Gatekeeper training program is 20 years in development, evidence-based, and peer-reviewed. It utilizes the existing resources in an average classroom- peer network. It is scalable and low-cost, one of the reasons why the WHO recommends Gatekeeper Training for low and middle-income countries like India. Many years of research indicate that a single training session boosts identification and intervention abilities amongst students, teachers, and parents. QPR has trained five million people globally and is present in 800 colleges including Stanford, Northwestern, Purdue.
Suicide Prevention India Foundation offers Gatekeeper training in partnership with QPR Institute, both as a live webinar and as an online, self-paced course.
1) 2-hour Instructor-led Gatekeeper Training:
The 2-hour Instructor-led Gatekeeper Training is done live, giving your students, faculty, and admin the tools and skills to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about campus mental health challenges. The program builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving.
2) The 1-hour online Gatekeeper Training:
The QPR Gatekeeper training equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to save a life. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. 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.
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