Extension offers Question Persuade Refer—QPR training for Ag-Business Professionals

Contact: Maria Jose Fuenzalida, Extension Dane County Agriculture Educator, Fuenzalida@countyofdane.com

University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will offer a program for agribusiness professionals to recognize and address farm stress and farmer health. The program will train agribusiness professionals in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). The program will take place in two southern Wisconsin locations: Green County Justice Center, multi-purpose rooms, 2841 6th street, Monroe, WI on Oct. 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and in Dane County at the Lyman F. Anderson Center,  5201 Fen Oak Drive Madison WI 53718 on Nov. 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Agriculture professional consultants work closely with farmers and are often in a position to recognize acute stress. Given the appropriate training and skills, they may help recognize when stress is overwhelming, and could refer farmers to appropriate resources. The Question, Persuade, Refer mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training that can make a positive difference in the life of someone you know. QPR consists of these three skills: Question…a person about suicide, Persuade…someone to get help and, Refer…someone to the appropriate resource.

There is no cost to attend the program, however registration is requested because each session is limited to 30 attendees.

To register for the Green County location please contact the Extension Green County office at 608-328-9440. Register for the Dane County training online at https://qprdanetraining.eventbrite.com. For help with registration contact Extension Dane County at 608-224-3700.

To request program accommodations in languages other than English, or based on disability, contact María José Fuenzalida at Fuenzalida@countyofdane.com or 608-224-3708. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 10 days prior to the scheduled training.

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