Suicide prevention training offered for ag communities

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a 90-minute, evidence-based training.

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ROCHESTER — University of Minnesota Extension, in partnership with NAMI Minnesota, is offering a monthly suicide prevention program for ag and rural communities.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a 90-minute, evidence-based training that teaches the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the U.S., and more than one million adults have been trained.

Emily Krekelberg, Extension Educator for Farm Health & Safety, will facilitate the training drawing on her own lived experience from a family farm.

The training was created in partnership with the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center (UMASH) and is intended for members of rural and ag communities over the age of 16. The series began Feb. 17 and will continue monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. Register at

For questions about the training, contact Krekelberg at


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