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Greensboro Day School Named First Guilford County School to Provide Suicide Prevention Training for Students
This fall, all Greensboro Day School freshmen participated in Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper training. This national program is used in high schools across the country and Greensboro Day School is the first school in Guilford County to offer this program.
This course was taught by Mental Health Greensboro and will certify students as suicide gatekeepers. QPR is a research based program that helps reduces the risk of suicide. Research shows that teens are often some of the first people to notice warning signs in friends, but may not be equipped with tools or know how to respond.
Donna Shelton, Executive Director of Mental Health Greensboro said, “Mental Health Greensboro is proud to partner with Greensboro Day School to bring this important training to their young students. We recognize that teens talk to teens, and QPR gives them the tools they need to talk honestly about suicide and how to get help. Open communication is a crucial first step to recognizing another’s pain and offering hopeful alternatives. Greensboro Day School is the first school in our community to offer this important training to their students, but we hope not the last.”
“We are proud of the commitment of our Character and Ethics Committee and for our Health and Wellness teachers to bring this type of training to our students. Our students gain valuable and important skills through this class, ones that will last a lifetime.” stated Mark Hale, Head of School.
All Greensboro Day School 9th graders are enrolled in Health and Wellness. The course focuses on student’s physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. In addition to the QPR training, all students become CPR certified. This year, the Character and Ethics Committee, supported by a grant from the Templeton Foundation, was able to add this new element to the course.
Greensboro Day School provides the most dynamic, comprehensive PreK-12th grade academic environment in the Triad. Our mission is to develop the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to be constructive contributors to the world.
Mental Health Greensboro (formerly the Mental Health Association in Greensboro) is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and has been a partner and neighbor in Greensboro and Guilford County for over 70 years. MHG provides services and programs that promote mental health and support recovery from mental illnesses. When mental illness affects you or someone you know or love, Mental Health Greensboro is here to provide you with the most up-to-date information, programs, and services that better inform and provide support for you and other members of our community.