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New program aims to address Hispanic suicide

Written by Mindia Whittier

Spanish language suicide prevention training now offered.

The ramifications of the pandemic have been widespread, but it has had a disproportionate negative impact on mental health within the Hispanic community. The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, a nonprofit providing suicide prevention training and education services in North Texas, is working to change that trend by offering evidence-based suicide prevention training in Spanish.

In the past few years, while there has been a slight decrease in suicide rates nationally, suicide rates in the Hispanic community have continued to rise. The highest rates of suicide among this group are college and career-aged Hispanic young adults.

The Foundation’s Spanish-language training addresses the three steps needed to save a life from suicide: Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR). It also discusses suicide data, myths and facts, and suicide warning signs.

The training is designed to help individuals learn how to begin the conversation and help someone who is at risk of suicide. It will be provided in a virtual format and free of charge to the community thanks to underwriting from businesses and donors.

Training dates and times are available online.

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Mindia Whittier