Norton Healthcare hosting two of more than 80 training classes to support suicide prevention throughout Louisville.
With nearly 800 deaths by suicide in 2017, Kentucky ranks 16th in the nation for suicide deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of those who died by suicide nationwide had no known mental health condition. That means it’s more important than ever to know how to help someone in crisis seek vital support.
During National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 9 to 15), Norton Healthcare is taking part in a communitywide initiative to educate people on how to recognize and help someone considering suicide. The Louisville Health Advisory Board’s Bold Moves Against Suicide is hosting more than 80 free training sessions throughout Louisville. Norton Healthcare will hold two of the training sessions.
Bold Moves Against Suicide
All training sessions are free and open to anyone age 18 and older.
Monday, Sept. 10
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Norton Brownsboro Hospital
1 West Classroom
4960 Norton Healthcare Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Norton Health & Wellness Center
1000 Dupont Road
These free training classes will focus on the question, persuade, refer (QPR) technique, which is designed to support an emergency response for someone in crisis.
“QPR training can save a life,” said Amy Lazarewicz, R.N., manager, employee wellness, Norton Healthcare.
The QPR technique was created to improve the “chain of survival” and focuses on three things:
- How to recognize warning signs of suicide
- How to offer hope
- How to refer to appropriate resources
“The training is designed to make you comfortable with intervening and offering support,” Amy said. “As a health care organization, it is another way we can offer compassionate care.”