QPR Train the Trainer Program
In June and July 2020 a group of 19 community members and professionals from agricultural safety and health, community mental health, first responders, commodity groups, the ministerium, the Kentucky Departments of Agriculture, Behavioral Health and Veterans Affairs, nursing and rural health care professionals, higher education and FFA participated in a Basic Gatekeeper Trainer program to conduct training in the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) method for supporting those with suicidal ideations or expressions. Similar to CPR it is a strategic approach to encouraging these difficult conversations with those at risk for self-harm. Following their training each of these 19 trainers have committed to conducting at least one training a quarter in the upcoming 2020-21 year with their representative group members.
Evaluation of how best to reach farmer and farm families at risk using this community based approach with persons with whom farmers interact each day will provide direction on the development of a robust community-based support network for farmers under stress.