OGDEN -- The community is invited as Kristy Jones of NUHOPE, a local suicide prevention agency, presents a two-part suicide prevention workshop at Elim Lutheran Church starting Sunday.
The free workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Sunday and April 22 at the church, 575 23rd St., in Ogden.
NUHOPE is an acronym for "Northern Utah Hold On, Persuade, Empower."
More than 34,000 Americans die each year by suicide, according to a news release from the church.
Nearly 500 Utahns died just last year, it states.
Utah has the highest rate of serious thoughts of suicide -- one in 15 adults, according to the release.
Suicide is the 17th leading cause of death in Utah for all age groups, but is the second leading cause of death in teens and young adults 10 to 24 years old, the release states.
"Every 80 minutes, somewhere in the United States, another veteran commits suicide," it states. "Ninety percent of people in suicidal crisis will give some kind of warning, but most people do not know the warning signs or what to do."
Participants in the workshop will learn:
SBlt How to recognize the verbal, situational and behavioral clues to suicide.
SBlt How to ask a person if they are in suicidal crisis.
SBlt How to persuade a person in suicidal crisis to seek help.
SBlt How to make referrals for treatments that can help a person in suicidal crisis.
An easy-to-remember technique, "QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer," will be taught.
During the first session, facts regarding suicide issues and warning signs will be addressed.
In the second session, participants will be taught the strategies of how to question, persuade and refer.
Elim will be combining adult, high school, junior high, and upper elementary school classes for this workshop.