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North Texas Group Offers Virtual Training To Help Prevent Suicide

A woman walks by a sign in Victory Park that reads "Six Feet Apart But Together At Heart."
Keren Carrión
A woman walks by a sign in Victory Park that reads "Six Feet Apart But Together At Heart."

A note to listeners: this story discusses suicide. If you need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

More Americansare reporting thoughts of self-harm as social distancing measures continue. In Fort Worth, the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation is virtually training people to intervene when someone is in crisis.

Experts say the method known as QPR, which stands for question, persuade and refer, can make the difference in preventing suicide, and anyone who completes the training can learn how to properly intervene.

"It is a myth that if you talk to somebody about suicide, it's going to put the idea in their head," said Christina Judge, the foundation's executive director. "When you ask that question, 'are you thinking of suicide?' it really gives a lot of people pause to be able to say, 'it's OK for me to share.'"

The virtual training is free and takes about an hour to complete. Judge said it's suitable for adults and children 10 and older.

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Syeda Hasan is KUT's development and affordability reporter. She previously worked as a reporter at Houston Public Media covering county government, immigrant and refugee communities, homelessness and the Sandra Bland case. Her work has been heard nationally on public radio shows such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace.