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Giving Kitchen Announces Free Nationwide QPR Suicide Prevention Training for Food Service Industry at
James Beard Foundation Awards Gala
Georgia Nonprofit Organization Addresses Self-Care Issues and Serves Up Stability Resources to Food Service Community Nationwide
GEORGIA (May 7, 2019) – Last night, Giving Kitchen (GK) proudly accepted the honor of this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 2019 James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago. The organization is using this momentum to make suicide prevention training more widely accessible and affordable for the food service industry through their partnership with QPR Institute. Giving Kitchen will offer this training at no cost to food service workers across the country during May and June. Additionally, GK provides a template harassment policy and a “build your own” Stability Network worksheet with national and local resources that food service employers can personally implement. These are the first of many nationally-relevant self-care resources GK will share moving forward.
“The James Beard Award has given us a larger platform to prompt restaurateurs across our nation to put self-care first at their establishments,” says Giving Kitchen executive director Bryan Schroeder. “Take the free suicide prevention training. Implement a harassment policy. Take advantage of the connections we’ve built. Be ready if one of your teammates needs help,” he stresses. “Giving Kitchen is one of many organizations calling for self-care in our food service community, we don’t have all the answers, but we believe this is a good start.”
"The service industry represents a high-risk group for suicide and special stresses,” says QPR Institute CEO Paul Quinnett. “Fundamentally, QPR is the mental health equivalent of CPR, and it provides any citizen the opportunity to engage with people who are at risk. People in pain have a story to tell, so we set out to create a program that would cause a conversation that might not otherwise happen.”
Giving Kitchen has partnered with QPR Institute to provide suicide prevention training at no cost for every food service employer in the United States. This training normally costs $30 per individual. The key components covered in the training, which can be done online in one hour or less, include:
· How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
· How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
· The common causes of suicidal behavior
· The warning signs of suicide
· How to get help for someone in crisis
"QPR is an effective approach to working with a person who is having suicidal thoughts because it's easy to remember. It's logical and it helps you know how to talk to a person who is struggling,” says QPR trainer Matt Wagner, MA, NCC, LPC, CAADC. “There are many reasons why people avoid talking to a friend or coworker who is having a hard time, and one of the most common is not knowing what to say or what to do. The QPR method can help to not only save lives, but to build a culture in which people are looking out for each other better than before.”
This culture of compassion and awareness is precisely what Giving Kitchen hopes will evolve from its efforts to build a stronger Stability Network. After seeing the food service industry’s desperate need for a connection to community resources, Giving Kitchen’s mission to help food service workers in crisis has evolved far beyond financial assistance.
In addition to taking advantage of the complimentary QPR training, Giving Kitchen encourages all commercial food service establishments to adopt a clear harassment policy, to create a clear reporting structure and to ensure employees know harassment will not be tolerated. GK has developed simple talking points that can be read at line-up and staff meetings as well as a worksheet of easily-accessible national resources and suggested local networks for food service workers in crisis. These resources are available at givingkitchen.org and can be implemented immediately.
Those interested in volunteering or donating to support these Stability Network resources and emergency assistance programs can visit Giving Kitchen’s support page or GK’s app.
About Giving Kitchen: Giving Kitchen (GK) is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources in order to create a community where crisis is met with compassion and care, and anyone can be a hero. Since its inception, GK has helped over 2,500 food service workers in Georgia. GK’s shift starts when theirs can’t. For more about Giving Kitchen, visit givingkitchen.org, follow @givingkitchen and download the GK app (available on iPhone and Android).