Become a Gatekeeper in Your Community

Date:   Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time:   10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Training held at Links Mat-Su Parent Resource Center Ste # 2,  3161 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Call Links 373-3632 to register for classes and ACRF 376-4678 to earn foster parent training hours.

A Gatekeeper is anyone within a community who is in a position to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, clergy, health providers, co-workers, job site leaders (such as foremen, boat captains, or administrators), store clerks, law enforcement, advisers, case managers, firefighters and many others who are well positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. A Gatekeeper is not expected to do treatment or long term counseling. The objectives of this training are to:  Learn how suicide affects the State of Alaska.  

  1. Learn myths and facts surrounding suicide.
  2. Recognize warning signs of suicide.
  3. Know how to offer hope.
  4. Know how to get help and save a life.
  5. Know what resources are available for help and support.

 The Alaska Gatekeeper Training uses the QPR method as its core training.  QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created by Paul Quinnett.  QPR is a simple education program that teaches everyday community members to recognize a suicide risk and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. This training is approved to meet the State of Alaska requirement for school employees’ annual training in suicide prevention.