Highland Rivers Health has received a five-year Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) suicide prevention grant from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). Georgia is one of five states to receive federal GLS funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of the grant is to reduce suicide events among individuals ages 10 to 24. With this funding, Highland Rivers Health offers a variety of services, trainings and other resources to help communities learn about and reduce suicide. These services include:
QPR training. Question, Persuade, Refer empowers students, teachers, parents, clinicians and community members to help prevent suicide. The QPR training can be scheduled at your location or you can attend other trainings in the area (Highland Rivers hosts monthly QPR trainings). The one-hour QPR training is available at no cost and includes:
- How to question, persuade and refer someone who may be thinking about suicide
- How to get help for yourself and learn more about preventing suicide
- The common causes of suicidal behavior
- The warning signs of suicide
- How to get help for someone in crisis
Early detection. Highland Rivers works with community partners to prevent suicide attempts and suicide completions through early detection and referral. We provide evidence-based assessments using tools to identify risk factors, and referrals to mental health and other community support organizations for individuals at risk.
Education. We provide evidence-based education and training to community partners so they can learn to detect suicide risk and act quickly to help. A one-hour Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training is available (see box, right) and recommended for community agencies, schools, colleges, healthcare providers and any other organization that wants to help prevent suicide in the community. Community partners can also obtain training to minimize risks associated with lethal weapons, and learn about other available resources for helping individuals with risk factors for suicide.
Therapy. Highland Rivers’ professional therapists use evidence-based practices to treat and minimize suicide risk factors. A licensed clinician and peer specialist are available to meet with individuals who report suicide risk factors and their family members. Staff are trained to assess and manage suicidality and utilize interventions to increase resiliency and foster hope.
Recovery support. We provide individual and group therapy and referral to support programs for individuals who have survived a suicide attempt, as well as individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide or been impacted by a loved one’s suicide attempt.
If you would like more information about Highland Rivers Health's suicide prevention services and resources, or would like to schedule a QPR training for your organization, email: ZeroSuicide@highlandrivers.org.