Monday, September 18, 2023

1:00 PM

Course Overview

This evidence-based training with over $20 million worth of research will give people the tools to identify and assist someone who is suicidal. You will walk away, being able to identify warning signs of suicide more easily. Decrease apprehension about asking someone about suicide and get someone the help they need once we determine they are suicidal. After attending the entire session, you will receive a three-year QPR Gatekeeper Certificate of Participation. A booklet covering the information will be mailed to you. This training is aimed at everybody; you do not need clinical skills.

Important Note

We will be learning some skills that could help save the lives of those who are suicidal. We know that suicide is a growing problem in our country and that many have been impacted. While this QPR training will not be “graphic” the topic could still be difficult for some. Many of us have lost someone to suicide and statistically, we know that many of us, or perhaps a family member of ours have considered or attempted suicide. QPR is about hope. It is about erasing the stigma around suicide, decreasing our apprehension about helping those who are suicidal and learning the skills to save a life. However, if this topic is just too close to home right now, we understand and would say please consider not attending. Your mental health is important to us. Let’s take care of each other as well as those we serve. We hope to see you at the training but we understand if you need a little time before tackling this topic.

Target Population for Audience

This training is a gatekeeper training and therefor open to everyone including non-clinical people.

Speaker Bio

Michael Pyne has been a social worker since the mid-1980s when he worked at Pine Rest Psychiatric Hospital. He has been employed at HealthWest, Muskegon County’s Community Mental Health, since 2002. Michael moved into the Community Relations Department at HealthWest and has focused on customer service and community outreach and prevention. He has served as co-chaired the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Muskegon County, worked on legislation to improve suicide prevention, and founded the Regional Youth Suicide Prevention Alliance in West Michigan. That regional group would eventually meet up with another group, Kevin’s Song, to help form With One Voice. He has also been a trainer of Mental Health First Aid and spearheaded initiatives that saw thousands of people trained in Muskegon County and across the state. For several years he was one of only two QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) master trainers in Michigan. He has increased the number of master trainers of QPR to at least 11 which has led to many more QPR instructors being trained in this evidence-based program. He is a safeTALK instructor as well. He chairs the Zero Suicide/Suicide Safer Community at HealthWest in the hopes of reducing suicide deaths for those that HealthWest serves. Michael lives in Spring Lake, Michigan with his wife Sarah, their dog Cassius, and a tortoise named Red.