Training Details

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help 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. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
Learning Objectives:

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life
Event Cost:

FREE to the public or $15.00 / 1 CEU for Counselors and Social Workers

Event Information:

QPR – Question, Persuade, and Refer

Friday, August 20, 2021, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Elizabeth Bidstrub, BA, Suicide Prevention Educator
Alexis Kubina, BA, MS, Suicide Prevention Educator
R.J. Shuman, BA, Suicide Prevention Educator

$15.00 / 1 CEU for
Counselors and Social Workers

About the Presenter(s):

Beth Bidstrup, BA, Suicide Prevention Educator

Beth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University and is a certified QPR trainer. She currently works as a Suicide Prevention Educator for Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties. Prior to her role at Helpline she volunteered for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Columbus. During that time, she implemented the Survivor Outreach Program (SOP) and also assisted in running the annual suicide prevention walks. She also had the honor of representing AFSP, in Washington D.C., to advocate for suicide prevention. She took part in AFSP’s annual leadership conference as well. Beth continues to utilize her knowledge around suicide prevention to help lower the rate of suicide.

Alexis Kubina, BS, MA, Suicide Prevention Educator

Alexis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from The Ohio State University. She is a certified QPR trainer. She currently works as a Suicide Prevention Educator for Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties. Prior to her role at Helpline, Alexis has held an internship at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She has also worked as a student lab researcher during her college years researching genes involved in neurodevelopmental disorders. Alexis continues to use her epidemiological background and training to prevent suicide in her community.

R.J. Shuman, BA, Suicide Prevention Educator

R.J. is a Suicide Prevention Educator for HelpLine. He has a passion for educating and entertaining audiences with his knowledge about Mental Health and Suicide. He is also a Counselor Intern for Syntero where he provides both group and individual counseling services for Mental Health and Substance Use disorders. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Dayton. In his role with HelpLine he presents the evidence-based Signs of Suicide program to nearly 5,000 students every year and is a QPR Institute Certified Trainer. R.J. is also an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, the American Association of Suicidology and Chi Sigma Iota, the International Counseling Honor Society. R.J. also serves as a member of the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition. He has a degree in Psychology from Capital University, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he flew wartime strike missions in the carrier-based S-3B Viking jet aircraft, and is an award-winning actor (And no, he has never won an Oscar).