CHEYENNE – On Jan. 6, Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation certified all Wheatland High School students and staff members as QPR Gatekeepers.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer and it is an evidence-based training that helps people recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and know how to get help and save a life.

Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation’s QPR Training team was comprised of volunteer Leslie Zimmershed, Director of Operations Rhianna Brand, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Katie Baxter and volunteer Candy Snead. Wheatland High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director Cedric Philo put together the event, which featured three other breakout sessions involving Healthy Relationships, Department of Criminal Investigation Presentation and more.

“We must learn to talk comfortably about mental health and suicide to save lives. Just like the three steps in CPR helps to save a person’s life from a heart attack, QPR helps to save a person’s life from a brain attack, a suicidal crisis. We believe that QPR Training should be implemented in every school across the state of Wyoming and we applaud the Bulldogs for rising to this very critical mission of suicide prevention for their school and community,” Rhianna Brand, director of operations for Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation, said in a release.

For more information on how you can get involved and where you can receive suicide prevention training in Wyoming, please visit www.gracefor2brothers.com/calendar/ and fill out the QPR and ASIST Waitlist forms. If you are someone you know is in crisis, call 911; to talk with someone, text WYO to 741 741, call 800-273-8255, ayuda en Español 888-628-9454, or LGBTQ 866-488-7386; any time day or night.

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