12/08/14 - 11:04pm
Talking about suicide is hard.
Talking about suicide with a person you think may be considering it is even harder.
“‘Are you considering suicide?’ Doesn’t really just roll off the tongue, does it?” James Gallanos, a prevention coordinator for the state, asked 60 or so people packed inside the Juneau-Douglas High School library Thursday night.
It may be awkward, but directly asking that question saves lives, said Gallanos, who gave a free training session on a suicide prevention technique called Question, Persuade, Refer. QPR’s motto is “Ask a question, save a life.”