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Each year Kentucky loses over 600 people to suicide. To help reduce these deaths, the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (BH/DID) invited various community leaders to establish the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group in 2002, to help decrease suicide deaths and attempts across the Commonwealth through advocacy, education, training and evaluation.


However, we need all Kentuckians to become active in the reduction of suicide attempts and deaths in the Commonwealth. Suicide is a serious public health issue. Take a look at these statistics:

  • Statistics

    • dKentucky loses three times as many citizens to suicide as to homicide.
    • dThere are an average of 5.7 suicide attempts everyday in Kentucky.
    • dKentucky’s suicide death rate in 2009 was the 23rd highest in the nation (down from 10th in 2007).
    • dSuicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Kentuckians 15 to 34 years old.
    • dSuicide is the 4th leading cause of death for 35 to 44 year olds.
    • dOur elderly have a higher suicide rate than the national average.
    • dFirearms caused 62 percent of suicide deaths in Kentucky.
    • d2,088 suicide attempts were serious enough to warrant admission to a hospital in Kentucky during 2006
    • dSuicide is a leading cause of death for Kentuckians.
    • dYet suicide is one of the most preventable forms of death.
    • d64% of Kentuckians know at least one person who has attempted or died by suicide.
    • d33.8% consider themselves to be a suicide survivor (who has lost a loved one or close friend to suicide).
    • dWhen suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved.

Suicidal behavior is complex and frightening. But, help is available and there are often warning signs. That means together we can reduce this act that devastates so many if we are educated and pay close attention to each other. To join us in our efforts to reduce suicide, or for more information, please see our 2014 Membership Application


Give An Hour:  Veterans Mental Health Support Initiative

Give an Hour Initiative

  • “Give an Hour” is a nonprofit organization providing FREE mental health services to US military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    – Click here to learn more.
  • GAH Launches in Kentucky: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) have just announced that Kentucky will join the Give an Hour™ initiative. Gov. Beshear and CHFS are asking Kentucky-licensed mental health professionals to volunteer an hour of free service each week for up to one year to returning troops and their families.“It’s vital for our soldiers and their families to know they can and should seek help when needed,” said Gov. Beshear. “This program can make a difference and even save lives.”
    – Click here to listen to the news conference audio.


Watch TV Announcement Video: What is Give An Hour?



QPR TRAINERS | Ask a Question and Save a Life

View More: http://prettlypixelsphotography.pass.us/kentuckysuicidepreventiondayGatekeepers are trained to know the signs of suicide and how to talk to a person about them and then guide them to the help they need. Gatekeepers become trained through QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training. This training can take as little as 90 minutes.


QPR stands for question, persuade, and refer. It is an educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need.


Gatekeepers include neighbors, parents, friends, teachers, squad leaders, foremen, doctors, police officers, ministers, firefighters,  advisors, nurses, caseworkers, office supervisors, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.


Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.


As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:


  • dRecognize the warning signs of suicide.
  • dIdentify risk factors associated with suicide and attempts.
  • dKnow how to offer hope.
  • dAsk the question.
  • dKnow how to get help.

Please consider joining in the action plan to save lives in Kentucky. Gatekeeper training presentations can be adapted to your particular need, including content and length. Click an area close to you on the map for upcoming QPR meetings and events. You may also request more information about QPR and other ways to help prevent suide by sending a request to:kspginc@gmail.com


QPR TRAINERS: Resource materials are available to assist QPR Trainers in their training and teaching procedures. For more information, please send a request to: kspginc@gmail.com


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