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Stark County, OH (August 22, 2019) – QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) is a three-step, evidence-based exercise anyone can learn to help prevent suicide, and one local QPR training per week will be held in September as part of National Suicide Prevention Month. These free trainings, each 90 minutes, are sponsored by the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition and members of the general public are encouraged to attend – registration is required and there is no cost.

In 2018, 71 people died by suicide in Stark County. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are 25 people who attempt suicide.

“While there are dozens of agencies and clinicians in our county working to reduce suicide deaths every day, QPR training allows anyone to recognize the warning signs for suicide – which exist in about 80 percent of cases,” said John Aller, executive director of Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR). “It’s so important to learn what to do if you observe any of these signs in someone you’re interacting with, because we all have a role to play in preventing suicide in our communities,” he continued.

Trainings will be held: (All trainings are from 6-7:30 p.m.)

September 5 at Glamorgan Castle in Alliance
(200 Glamorgan St., Alliance, OH 44601)

September 10 at Stark Library, Lake Community Branch
(565 Market Ave. SW, Uniontown, OH 44685)

September 19 at Stark Library, Perry Sippo Branch
(5710 12th St. NW, Canton, OH 44708

September 23 at Stark Library, North Branch
189 25th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709

Trainings are free and registration is required. Sign up by visiting or by calling Elena Aslanides-Kandis at 330-455-6644.

About Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is a multi-faceted organization of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers and concerned community leaders close to mental health and addiction needs right here at home. StarkMHAR is responsible for planning, funding and monitoring public mental health and addiction prevention, early intervention and treatment services delivered to the residents of Stark County. It is one of approximately 50 boards coordinating the public behavioral health system across Ohio. StarkMHAR also advocates for residents with behavioral health issues at both the local and state levels and provides educational opportunities for local providers and other community stakeholders. For more online about the work of StarkMHAR, visit