Talk to Tom to train 75 staff at Kerry Foods

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

PRO­DUCE gi­ant Kerry Foods has joined forces with Gorey’s Talk to Tom char­ity in or­der to train 75 staff mem­bers in the life sav­ing ‘QPR Gate­keeper’ sui­cide pre­ven­tion pro­gramme by the end of this year.

To date, 20 work­ers in the com­pany’s fa­cil­ity in Shil­le­lagh have taken part in the course with the vol­un­teer run or­gan­i­sa­tion. The pro­grammes teaches or­di­nary mem­bers of the pub­lic how to spot the warn­ing signs of sui­cide.

Kerry Foods has said it plans to have as many peo­ple coached in the pro­gramme.

HR Busi­ness Part­ner with Kerry Foods Fiona O’Car­roll said the course was at­tended by 20 em­ploy­ees so far from across the ca­reer level spec­trum at Kerry Foods.

‘ The train­ing was amaz­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved,’ said Fiona. ‘Re­gard­less of your role in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, we are all af­fected the same way when it comes to our men­tal health.’

QPR, which stands for Ques­tion, Per­suade and Re­fer, is a sui­cide pre­ven­tion tech­nique which was de­signed by CEO of Talk to Tom Ray Cullen.

Just as peo­ple train in CPR help save thou­sands of lives each year, peo­ple train in QPR to learn how to rec­og­nize the warn­ing signs of a sui­cide cri­sis, how to ques­tion, per­suade, and re­fer some­one to help.

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