In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, Family & Children’s Center is providing free Question, Persuade, Refer, and Mental Health First Aid training to the community. QPR is designed and developed to raise awareness and dispel myths and misconceptions about suicide and teach three skills (Question, Persuade and Refer) that can help save a life. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may have been developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. All training is FREE, thanks to a Suicide Prevention grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.


  • Friday, Sept. 10, at noon — Question, Persuade Refer (1 hour virtual)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8 a.m. — Question, Persuade Refer (1 hour virtual)
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Mental Health First Aid

(3 hours pre-work plus 7 hours virtual training)

To register for any of the trainings or to set up a separate training, please, contact Vanessa Southworth, director of Minnesota programs, at or 507-615-3115.