Already 200 people have signed up to be beacons in our community.
At the weekend, in conjunction with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative, the Illawarra Mercury launched the Care to QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer campaign. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide in our region.
The campaign is calling for people to undertake the QPR online course to be able to recognise the warning signs of suicide, and help a friend, relative or colleague seek the appropriate help.
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To launch the campaign the first 1000 places in the training module (usually $10) were made free, thanks to a $10,000 funding boost from NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard secured by Keira MP Ryan Park. After just a couple of days already 200 people have taken the course, leaving less than 800 free courses available.
To secure one of the free QPR licences on offer, current for three years, community members should go to www.suicidepreventioncollaborative.org.au/QPR
If you’d like to talk to anyone about the issues raised in this article call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.