Introduction

QPR for Older Adult Population
· QPR ( question, persuade, refer) is a best practice life saving skill training for family members, elder health care providers, administration, and for anyone who comes in contact with the older adult population.  The main objective is to learn ways to question someone about their suicidal intent, persuade them with hope and refer them to help.  QPR is like CPR; they both save lives and prevent a death from happening.

· After the training, the attendees will be called gatekeepers.  The techniques and methods to identify suicide risk factors will be an additional skill set to promote safety and save lives.  QPR is a best practice training and is a positive addition to the trainings offered by care givers.  There is no cost.

· QPR for the older adult population can be taught for staff in nursing homes or assisted living homes, churches, community organizations for seniors, and veteran organizations.

· QPR is a 45 minute power point presentation which includes time for any questions or thoughts on the topic.  Vanessa Vestergaard will teach the training and has professional, trained experience on QPR.  She is a certified QPR trainer.

Vanessa Vestergaard has worked in the mental health field and is currently working at the Mental Health America of Greenville County as a Project Coordinator. She brings to the presentation knowledge of seniors from employment as an activities director for four years. Her mental health education stems from working in the field for over seven years.  She has a Masters from Webster University with an undergraduate degree from Lafayette College.

Mental Health America of Greenville County’s main mission is promoting positive mental health through advocacy, education and service.

Contact Information:

Vanessa  Vestergaard
Project Coordinator
Mental Health America of Greenville County
429 North Main Street, Suite 2
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864-467-3351 or 864-421-7255 (cell)