Mid-Plains Community College is offering a series of workshops designed to help save lives.

MPCC received a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska about a year ago enabling the college to provide free suicide prevention training to employees and communities within its 18-county service area.

That training will be offered to the public on:

• March 21 – 11 a.m., Broken Bow Community Campus

• March 21- 5:30 p.m., Valentine Community Campus

• April 9 – 6 p.m., Imperial Community Campus

The Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training takes about 1.5 hours. Its intent is to help participants understand how to talk about suicide, identify the signs of suicidal thoughts and feel more comfortable engaging with someone who may be thinking about suicide.

“The stigma surrounding suicide is powerful, and therefore, suicidal people are often reluctant to ask for help,” said Area Dean of Student Life Dr. Brian Obert. “Most people who attempt suicide do not want to die. Often they want their lives to change, but do not know how to get help, or are afraid to ask for help. We want to prepare people to provide that assistance.”

Although there is no cost to attend the trainings, pre-registration is required. If interested, call the MPCC Business and Community Education department at (308) 345-8122 to sign up.