The risk of suicide among Wisconsin lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and adults is much higher than for their heterosexual peers. But the size of this problem is currently overshadowed by our discomfort in talking about the depression, hopelessness, and isolation underlying this loss of life. The rates of suicide among our family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors can be reduced as we increase familiarity and comfort in talking about the tough issues surrounding suicide. Knowing the facts, recognizing some warning signs, and having some basic skills and references will help make these discussions much easier.
QPR stands for “Question Persuade Refer,” as in Question a person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help, and Refer the person to the appropriate resource. It is a strategy intended to teach those who are in a position to recognize the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communications of people in trouble to act vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy.
For additional information on LGBT mental health in Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services provides useful background.
For additional information on QPR, a suicide prevention training program for the general public, contact the QPR Institute at 1-888-726-7926 or visit their website.
This project is funded in part through a generous gift from the Charles E. Kubly Foundation.