CPR for mental health is actually QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer. The class highlights these three key points to help guide you when you’re worried about a loved one’s mental health.
- Ask the person if they are thinking about hurting themselves or killing themselves -- asking this question WILL NOT cause a person to hurt or kill themselves
- It’s OK to be worried and ask when it comes to suicide prevention. Don’t worry about “being in people’s business”
- Persuade the person to get help – and that there is hope
- Say, I care about you, and I want you to get help, and I’ll stand by you
- Sometimes accessing mental health services is challenging. Remember, help can come through professional counseling, a school counselor, or a family doctor
- If you’re unsure of resources near you, call your insurance provider or 211, the United Way information and resource line
If the person is in danger, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. Or call the police.
Where to get more information on QPR classes:
- Contact your local health department