SAMHSA QPR Training Update


In June we announced FVC had received a four-year Mental Health Awareness Training Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). We are excited to be the recipients of this award so that we can increase our work in the mental well-being of our members and Veterans in general.

Through this project, we will be training FVC members, their families, and members of the agricultural community that work with Veterans about mental health topics, especially suicide prevention using PsychArmor® and QPR.


FVC is offering free virtual QPR sessions by regions. The next training is July 20th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. CST for members in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Please register for this training here:

Sessions are not recorded, but there will be future opportunities to attend one if you miss this one.


If you miss your regional training, we may be able to include you in one of the future training courses with another region. The plan is to offer other open training courses after the regional trainings where anyone over the age of 18 may attend.


In addition to the training, we will also be offering monthly “De-briefs” for those who have attended a QPR course to get their questions answered or to process their experiences in case they have had to use their training. The next De-Brief is scheduled for Monday, July 24th at 7 p.m. Members who have completed the QPR training will be emailed a link to register and attend.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver 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.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  1. – Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  2. – Know how to offer hope
  3. – Know how to get help and save a life

Length of training one hour and 15 minutes or more with Q & A.


As this project moves forward, we will share more information through our chapters, this newsletter, and online avenues. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Doris Mold at