Suicide Prevention Efforts
NUHOPE provides a number of suicide prevention efforts to communities throughout Northern Utah. If you are interested in learning more about these efforts or are interested in scheduling one of our programs with your group, please contact us. Feel free to explore the many services we offer by clicking through the topics below:
QPR - Question Persuade Refer
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. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
QPR can be learned in our course in as little as one hour, and NUHOPE offers this course free of charge for your group or organization. All presentations will be tailored to your needs and can be taught to youth as young as 8th grade and adults alike.
Our instructors have taught the course hundreds of times, and we would love for your group to be next. Contact us if you would like more information on hosting a QPR class.
Suicide is the number one cause of death for young people in Utah. To combat that, NUHOPE facilitates Hope Squads in our local schools. Hope Squads are the eyes and ears of a school. They are comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students–provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. Hope Squad advisors train students who have been identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as Hope Squad members. Through evidence-based training modules, Hope Squad members are empowered to seek help and save a life. Hope Squad members are NOT taught to act as counselors, but rather, are educated on how to recognize signs of suicide contemplation, and how to properly and respectfully report this to an adult.
NUHOPE facilitates Hope Squads in Davis, Ogden, Box Elder and Morgan School Districts, but the program is expanding to schools nationwide. Contact us if you would like information on setting up a Hope Squad at your school.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
NUHOPE, in partnership with Utah State University Extension, can help facilitate a day-long Youth Mental Health First Aid training for your group. Contact us if you would like more information. Note: this training is not typically for mental health professionals.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
– Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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