University of Minnesota Extension and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota are partnering to offer a monthly suicide prevention program for agricultural and rural communities.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a 90-minute, evidence-based training that teaches the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained.

Emily Krekelberg, UMN extension educator for farm health and safety, will facilitate the training and draw on her own experience growing up on a family farm. The training was created in partnership with the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) and is intended for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16. The series began on Feb. 17 and will continue monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at at 1 p.m. Register by visiting https://z.umn.edu/AgQPR.

If you have questions about the training, contact Krekelberg at krek0033@umn.edu.

If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, there is help available. Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text your state’s two letter abbreviation to 741741.