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Suicide Prevention Training November 15th in Bedford

BEDFORD - NOVEMBER 7, 2022 - Question Persuade and Refer Suicide Prevention training is being made available on November 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 2900 35th Street in Bedford.

Suicide is difficult topic to speak about and this training address those barriers, along with breaking down the stigma's around speaking about mental health, suicide and seeking out help.

Just as people are trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis then how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

The training is being taught by Sara Kleber Lowery. She has been a QPR instructor since 2018, and trained hundred in QPR. She is a System of Care Coordinator for Lawrence County.

In her role as a Wrap Around Facilitator she partners with families and has over 8 years of experience of working with youth in Mental Health.


After over a two-year decline in the number of suicides, the data from the CDC National Center for Health statistics indicated both the number and rate of suicides increased in 2021.

Suicides in the United States increased 4 percent from 2020 to 2021 after two consecutive years of decline.

The number of suicides increased from 45,979 in 2020 to 47.646 in 2021. The number of suicides in 2021 was still lower than the all-time high of 48,344 in 2018.

  • The number of suicides was higher in nine months during 2021 compared to 2020, with the largest increase occurring in October with a 11 percent increase.

  • The increase in suicides was higher among males than females with 4 percent than females at 2 percent. as the increase in the suicide rate at 3 percent for males and 2 percent among females.

  • The largest increase in the rate of suicide occurred among males ages 15-24 which was an 8 percent increase. Suicide rate increased for males ages 25-34, 35-44, and 65-74.


The new phone number to call or text for help is 988 which is available 24/7. The hotline is available to Veterans.


Grand opening this week 112516th Street Bedford November 7th - November 11th 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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