Idaho educators trained to help suicidal students

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Administrators and principals in the Coeur d'Alene School District are being trained in suicide prevention techniques in the wake of four suicides by district students in the past 15 months.

In the coming semester, district officials intend to expand the training to all 1,300 staff members and all high school students. The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/otjwdD ) reports it's part of a program called QPR, for question, persuade and refer.

Idaho's suicide rate is high, with nearly 15 deaths per 100,000 people. In Kootenai County, that rate jumps to more than 25 deaths out of every 100,000.

Superintendent Hazel Bauman says the district could go five years and not have another teen suicide, but the more the community is aware of suicide prevention resources, the more the suicide rate will drop.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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