Mental Health | Strategies for Resiliency
The Warning Signs of Suicide: Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR)
Attendees will learn how to ask about suicidal intent and know how to listen and persuade someone to get help.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer –
This workshop will be facilitated by Robert C. Havens, MSHS, GC-C, Certified QPR (Suicide Awareness Trainer), Certified Grief Counselor, and Resilience Grows Here (RGH) Board Secretary.
Robert C. Havens, MSHS, GC-C
Certified QPR (Suicide Awareness Trainer), Certified Grief Counselor, and Resilience Grows Here (RGH) Board Secretary
Bob has worked in three residential treatment centers in Connecticut. The first was High Meadows in Hamden where he began as a childcare worker and eventually as manager of a group home. He then worked at the Children’s Center in Hamden. The staff of this facility had gone out on strike and Bob was contacted by the Executive Director to come in and try to turn things around. With the help of his team, the strike ended, and the Children’s Center became one of the most sought-after facilities by social workers for the placement of their cases. Bob then went to Durham Hill School as a Consultant to develop a plan to keep the agency operating. He became President of the Connecticut Mental Health Association for three years and served on the National Institute of Mental Health Personnel Committee.
Three years ago, Bob became a member of the Resilience Grows Here (RGH) team. He has since become certified as a QPR suicide awareness trainer and completed workshops on mental health issues aimed at better understanding the struggles and mental health challenges facing our veterans.
Bob is a Vietnam Combat Veteran and served in the Secret War in Laos from 1967 – 1968 as part of a group known as the “Ghost Squadron”. We were sworn to secrecy about our mission until 1998, 30 years after the mission was completed. In 2008 the squadron VO-67 received the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC) at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.
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