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Suicide Prevention Training offers tips on how to help friends and family in need


Caleb Vierkant / Wrangell Sentinel

Jay Greene and Tracey Wiese, with Full Spectrum Health in Anchorage, came to Wrangell to offer the community some QPR suicide prevention training. QPR stands for "Question, Persuade, Refer," which are the three general steps they suggest to talking to someone contemplating suicide.

Many members of the Wrangell community, as well as guides from Alaska Crossings, crammed into the Stikine Middle School commons last Saturday afternoon for QPR suicide prevention training. The training was lead by Jay Greene and Tracey Wiese, of the Full Spectrum health clinic in Anchorage. They were invited to Wrangell by Community Roots, the local LGBT support group.

Suicide is something that is very prevalent in Alaskan communities, they explained during the training, and is higher than average compared to the rest of the country. Across the entire state, it is the fifth leading cause of...

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