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QPR: Suicide Prevention Training for Community Leaders

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QPR: Suicide Prevention Training for Community Leaders

Time: May 8, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: City Year Headquarters
Street: 287 Columbus Avenue
City/Town: Boston, MA
Event Type: training, workshop, seminar
Organized By: Socializing for Justice
Latest Activity: Apr 25, 2012

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Event Description

Oftentimes, community leaders* are sought out for support in times of crisis and are the first to become aware that someone is considering killing themselves. Attend this training to gain the skills to handle the "suicide question" and become knowledgeable about local resources for you and your community.

Register at Cost: $10

Due to limited seating, this 2-hour training is being offered on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, May 8 - select your preferred date when registering.

QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer is modeled after the success of the CPR medical intervention and is based on the following concepts:

    Those who most need help in a suicidal crisis are the least likely to ask for it.
    Prior to making a suicide attempt, a person typically sends warning signs.
    Asking "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" is a key step to preventing suicide.

This training will address:

    The anxiety we feel when we are talking to someone who is suicidal.
    How to specifically ask "the question".
    How to persuade someone to seek help.
    How to make sure they get the referral they need.

*For the purpose of this training, a community leader is anyone who regularly convenes groups of people.

About the Trainer:
Robbie Samuels has extensive experience as a community organizer, fundraiser and trainer. In 2011, his birthday, September 16, was declared "Robbie Samuels Day" by the Boston City Council. He is the Senior Manager of Events and Donor Engagement at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders GLAD). He is a Co-Founder & Co-Organizer of Socializing for Justice SoJust), a grassroots, volunteer-run member-supported group, to build a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community, network and movement in Boston based on the philosophy of abundance. Robbie identifies as a white, queer, feminist, trans man and lives in Jamaica Plain. He likes burritos. Learn more about Robbie and his other trainings "Art of the Schmooze" and "Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking" at and view his testimonials.

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SoJust is all about building a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community, network and movement in Boston. We're doing it by putting the SOCIAL back in SOCIAL JUSTICE. We focus on creating welcoming spaces that foster relationship-building across issue silos.

SoJust isn't a non-profit 501(c)(3) and receives no outside funding. We're a grassroots volunteer-run member-supported cross-issue progressive community that's been growing steadily since August 2006. We have almost 2,000 members, we have hosted 120+ events and we manage an online hub of progressive events and resources at If you've benefited from this cross-issue progressive network please contribute the suggested annual membership fee of $25. You may do this at, or at any of our events. Thank you for helping us continue to provide a space for like-minded progressives of all stripes.

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