“They need to know about the warning signs, they need to see the signs, they need to know what to look for and they need to learn to know what to say, that’s what QPR does.” — MCN Meth Suicide Prevention Incentive Prevention Specialist John Co-cke’
Trevor Project to speak at suicide prevention conference
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Meth Suicide Prevention Incentive Prevention Specialist John Co-cke’ discussed upcoming LGBTQ suicide prevention events.
September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Month.
“Since the GLBTQI, two spirit group of people are very much affected by suicide, it hits our community a lot more, we wanted to focus on our people and on our group,” Co-cke’ said.
They will be collaborating with the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa to host QPR trainings for volunteers and staff.
QPR stands for questions, persuasion and refer.
Two QPR trainings will be at the Equality Center in Tulsa.
“It’s basically open to the staff of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center and the volunteers and there are several Natives that do volunteer and there are several Creek citizens that do volunteer,” he said.
They will be focusing on the staff and volunteers because they will have hands on experience with the LGBTQ community.
“They need to know about the warning signs, they need to see the signs, they need to know what to look for and they need to learn to know what to say. That’s what QPR does,” Co-cke’ said.
He said the focus is to teach the staff and help them prepare to face a variety of situations.
On Sept. 30 there will be a rally at the Equality Center in Tulsa from 7 – 9 p.m., the event is open to everyone.
There will be various speakers at the rally.
At the end, a candle light vigil will be held to recognize those who have completed suicide and for those who have attempted.
The candle light vigil will also be for families and friends.
A two-day suicide prevention conference will be held Nov. 15 – 16 at River Spirit Casino Resort.
The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.
Co-cke’ said the Trevor Project will also conduct a workshop at the conference.
For more information about the events, contact BHS at: 918-758-1930.