Suicide prevention seminar in North Platte Friday (3/2/18)


Attending an upcoming presentation at North Platte Community College could save a life. That’s what members of NPCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are hoping for.

They are hosting a Suicide Prevention Seminar at 1:15 p.m. Friday in Room 107 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. The program is free and open to the public.

It’s the third year PTK has organized the seminar. As in years past, Dr. Brenda Petersen, CEO of Cervelle Consulting Services, will lead the workshop.

Petersen is a certified master trainer and spokesperson for The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Mental Health First Aid and Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) programs.

She travels the nation building mental health literacy and helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and mental health crisis - both of which can lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Petersen believes education is the first step in helping communities better understand the pain and struggle of suicidal thoughts and equipping the public to better offer support to neighbors, friends and loved ones.

“Over the past year we have really focused on building community support and increasing awareness because, by working together, we can help people feel connected and empowered during their time of greatest need,” Petersen said. “The goal of the class is to help participants be more aware of someone struggling through a situation and to teach them some of the tools that can offer hope, purpose, connection and, ultimately, life.”

Her seminar at NPCC is offered in association with the QPR Institute in Seattle, Wash. and is paid for thanks to a grant from Region II Human Services. Those who attend will receive certification from the QPR Institute.