Friday, January 14, 2005

QPR Institute: Life is too precious to NOT be pro-active

QPR Institute: "For the general public,the QPR Institute and its over 1,200 certified trainers offer suicide prevention training throughout the United States. Schools, service clubs,fire departments, churches, youth groups, and hundreds of other organizations have received the QPR gatekeeper training program. In just over five years, more than 250,000 Americans in 40 states have received this life-saving training."

I have lost 4 close friends, several associations and 2 revered authors to the finality of suicide. There are as many 'causes' of suicide as there are people to who make this fatal decision. However, all of them have one thing in common: "Life, to them, becomes unbearable." The one thing we cannot replace - no matter how much sci-fi one consumes, it is still in the imagination and out of touch with reality that humans can restore life. Once Life is gone - it is gone. That is final.

However, like many other social ills we, in our fast-paced, time-crunched and over-anxious society experience, there IS solution! And, amazingly it -like the proverbial 'forest' - is, right in front of our noses; but we can't - or choose not - to see it. Amazing and aggonizingly frustrating - but true.

For those who have experienced the loss that comes with a committed suicide, I need not 'pound the podium' to drum up response - your attention to this subject is surface-oriented and ever present. For those who have only 'read about it' or 'observed it in the media', will need a bit more cajolling - however, I hope not too much. Because as the statistics show, ever 18 minutes - of every, single day - 24/7/365 - another American dies at their own hands. This need not happen.

The QPR site offers expert advice on the 'signs' we can all be aware of - personally and socially - that will allow us to head-off a potential act of the 'Forever Choice' : Suicide. Take the time to visit the site. Read their information; thoroughly.

I also strongly encourage all of us to become educated in the skill of Suicide Prevention. Many of us in the world of OUTDOOR RECREATON are aware of the benefits CPR certification. What most of do not know is there is equally a need for QPR's Certifications. These are tools anyone can be taught to use that can and will save lives.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • know how to offer hope
  • know how to get help and save a life

Visit their site today - get the facts - and make the committment to become QPR Certified. The life you save - may very well be someone you care deeply about - possibly even your own.

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Arthur O'fieldstream