Dr. Paul Quinnett, a Mental Health Expert Based in Spokane, Washington, to Speak Tonight in Tulsa
What should one say to a person who's thinking of taking his or her own life? What's the proper way to react to such news? How best should one respond? The Mental Health Association in Tulsa will present the 13th Annual Charles P. Seger Seminar this evening (Thursday the 23rd) at 6pm at the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center. The theme for this year's seminar, which is free to the public (with no registration required), is "Recovering from Suicide and Depression." Our guest on ST is Dr. Paul Quinnett, a mental health and suicide-prevention expert based in Spokane, Washington; he will deliver a lecture/presentation at tonight's Segar Seminar entitled "Ask a Question, Save a Life." As we learn on today's show, Dr. Quinnett is the CEO and founder of a facility known as the QPR Institute. What is QPR, you ask? It's basically understood (as our guest explains) as the mental health equivalent of CPR. Thus QPR stands for "Question, Persuade, and Refer" --- it's a procedural checklist for first-responders who are in contact with an individual considering suicide. And what this three-step process ultimately boils down to, as Dr. Quinnett tells us, is "active listening" --- or, in other words, "being able to listen...and, further, to listen without passing judgment." You can learn more about Dr. Quinnett and his work here, and there's more information about tonight's Segar Seminar (where Dr. Quinnett will be speaking) at this link.