Fayetteville-Manlius School District will offer its next mental health awareness workshop session for families 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.
As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance student wellness, the district is hosting a virtual workshop program, “Mental Health Mondays” during the month of December. Each session is led by mental health educator William DeSantis, who serves F-M as part of the district’s contract with Contact Community Services, and sessions focus on topics such as anxiety, depression and suicide.
The Dec. 12 session will focus on educating parents, guardians and caregivers about the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. It will be held at 12 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 Session Information:
Topic: QPR Gatekeeper Training (60 minutes)
Audience: Parents, guardians, caregivers
Question, persuade and refer – or QPR – training aims to elevate parents, guardians and caregivers into “gatekeepers” by educating them about the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers).
Just as those who are trained in CPR 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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