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Suicide Prevention Training Sessions Offered for the Spring Semester

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2021) — Positive mental health is an integral part of employee well-being. Along with maintaining awareness of our own mental health, it’s important to stay alert to warning signs when others may need intervention. By learning the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) technique, University of Kentucky employees can make a difference by gaining the tools to help identify suicide warning signs. 

The QPR Institute was created with the goal to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

“This one class will offer an individual the necessary tools to help save a life,” said Ann Bassoni, mental health therapist from UK Human Resources Work+Life Connections. “There is a false idea that asking someone if they are suicidal or thinking of killing themselves will give the person the idea to do so. In fact, many people contemplating suicide will be relieved and really do want help. As the QPR program describes, there are three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.” 

Work+Life Connections recommends registering for other QPR sessions through two additional campus organizations.

The UK Counseling Center will offer QPR training sessions for students, faculty and staff on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 11, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 24, 4-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 8, noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 20. 4-5 p.m.

Sign-up information can be found on the Counseling Center website.

The College of Public Health will offer three QPR training sessions that will be presented by  Adam Trosper (Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities) and Larry McNabb (Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Blind Services, formerly the Kentucky Office for the Blind). These sessions will be offered on the following dates:

To discover more mental health resources for UK employees, please visit the Work+Life Connections page. For more information on upcoming events by UK Work-Life, please visit the Work-Life calendar or reach out to

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