Buffalo OKs Funding Request for Suicide Prevention

Buffalo OKs Funding Request for Suicide Prevention

The Buffalo City Council, at their regular meeting last week, approved a request for help in funding training for instructors in suicide prevention techniques.

Haley Drake, of the Suicide Prevention Coalition in Buffalo, gave the Council an overview of the QPR Training and how it works.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, and she tells us more about the program.

Drake said of the 400 people they want trained in the program by June of 2012, fifty have already been trained.

Drake asked the Council to fund the $1,000 cost of training two more instructors in the program, which will in turn aid in the training of the remainder of those needed for the program.

Although these programs are tied to Northern Wyoming Mental Health, she said, they aren't funded through the organization.

Six to eight trainers total will be needed to train the others, and Drake said she will be approaching the County Commission for help in funding for the trainers as well.

Johnson County Coroner Dave Harness and Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman are also involved in the program, and both spoke to the Council, saying they felt strongly the program works and hoped the Council would agree to help fund it.

The Council voted to give $1,000 toward the program, drawn from the Mayor's Contingency Fund.

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