Ask a question, save a life, that is what the Mayors Youth Council was trained to do last Tuesday April 19th.
Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, trained 6 participants of The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR ).
The Mayor’s Youth Council was founded in 2002, and was created to increase awareness and involvement of Cheyenne’s youth in city government and in the community at large. This year the Mayor’s Youth Council has chosen suicide prevention as their focus for this year. They have been involved in focus groups and data collection to see what is going on with our youth and suicide. The MYC had asked PMO if they could come and train them in QPR. QPR is an evidence based gate keeper training and stands for Question, Persuade, 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 to 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. This training is for anyone and everyone, it teaches you to be more aware if a friend, loved one, or someone you know might be struggling. Ask a question, save a life.
Other projects the MYC has worked on this year include painting Greenway fences on the south corridor, making fleece blankets with the Parks & Rec After School Latchkey children for COMEA Shelter residents, and hosting a teen activity afternoon during Mental Health month in March at the Youth Activity and Community Center at Romero Park.
Students who participated in Tuesday’s training as in the photo are left to rightfront: Sommer Straub-Waldron and Katie Williams; back row, Tanner Robertson, Sawyer Ruben, Jason Weber and Josh Weber
Trainers from PMO are Mikki Munson, Laramie County Prevention Specialist, and Lynette Saucedo Goshen County Prevention Specialist.