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First Responder suicide rates are dramatically going up. This is serious but preventable. We need to become more aware of identifying when someone’s mental pain is to a point, and they see no way out. When a person struggles with this type of condition, they experience “straw vision.” They are looking, as if through a ‘straw,’ which causes a limited view of what to do, which leads to a terrible state of hopelessness.

Today’s research indicates First Responders are overwhelmed because of exposure to traumatic events, long hours, sleep deprivation, which causes stress, anxiety, depression that leads to PTSD.

We need a change in attitude by recognizing communication, knowledge, and awareness save lives. A clear and relevant way to achieve this goal is through QPR . . . Question, Persuade and Refer. Through QPR learning, its signs, causes, and solutions for prevention, we become better equipped to keep people safe. It’s designed to detect those who are in the thinking or ideational phase of a suicide plan.

By recognizing calls for help and offering hope. Suicide can be prevented.


Click on the profession that describes your organization for detailed program information.

Organizations Served:

Fire Departments

  • Amsterdam NY Fire Department
  • Belmont MA Fire Department
  • Gloversville NY Fire Department
  • Johnstown NY Fire Department
  • Saratoga NY Fire Department
  • Schenectady NY Fire Department
  • Troy NY Fire Department


  • Amsterdam NY Police dept.
  • Gloversville NY Police Dept.
  • Montgomery County NY Sheriff Office
  • Troy NY Police Dept.


  • Clifton Park NY EMS
  • Colonie NY EMS
  • Greater Amsterdam NY Volunteer Ambulance Corp. GAVAC

Community Organizations

  • The Lions Club
  • New York Association for Pupil Transportation


  • East Greenbush NY School District
  • Highland NY School District
  • Pawling NY School District
  • Schuylerville NY School District


Many organizations struggle with people who are experiencing emotional distress. Our training focuses on identifying interpersonal distress signals/warning signs and help people to identify community resources for help.

What about the men, women, and children struggling with suicidal thoughts?

  • Do you know how to identify the signs?
  • What can you do to approach a person who is struggling?
  • How can you ensure success to prohibit them from taking action?

We can help

John Connors has been training people for over 25 years. His expertise has traditionally been sought out to work with service professionals across multiple disciplines. John collaborates closely with his clients and becomes an essential piece of the team’s success.

Recently, he has been asked about training people on social issues, more specifically suicide prevention. Did you know that more Americans die from suicide than homicide? At a point in their careers, many employers, managers, and supervisors from all industries are faced with a suicide situation.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to identify a person struggling with suicide and have the courage, and training, to approach that person and help?

Courage Through Action


Hopelessness is a terrible state of mind. It is imperative we deliver
messages that give people hope and belonging. This requires courage
and commitment to take necessary action.


Educating people about suicide and not being afraid to reach out
and ask, “Is there anything I can do to help you?”


A change in people’s attitude by recognizing communication,
knowledge and awareness saves lives.

Q: How can we make a difference in someone’s life?

A: The sooner a warning sign of suicidal behavior is detected the better the
outcome of a suicidal crisis.

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