Mental Health Greensboro offers two certification classes in February. QPR (Question Persuade Refer) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) are open to anyone in the community who wishes to strengthen their ability to deal with those in mental health crisis. QPR and MHFA are beneficial to those who work intimately with people on a daily basis including mental health providers, counselors, parents, ministers, caseworkers, law enforcement officers, teachers, nurses, social workers, firefighters, veterans affairs, EMTs, and others working to improve the community.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer — the three steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Upon completion of this 2.5 hour course, one will be a certified QPR Gatekeeper, and will know how to address and help those in crisis.
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. Participants learn a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces adults to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.