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Trainings and Programs

Our team offers three different training programs: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Question, Persuade, and Refer. (QPR) Suicide Prevention and MSU Farm Stress Training. Below is a description of each program offered.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. For a list of our trained MHFA Instructors see the list below or click here. For more information or to schedule a MHFA training, please contact Rachael Clews, Southwest FCS Specialist, rclews@ksu.edu. 

Michigan State University (MSU) Farm Stress Training is for farmers, farm families and professionals who work with farmers to learn about agricultural economic trends, unique stressors to farmers, impacts of stress on the body, how to communicate with a distressed person, warning signs of suicide and how to refer someone to mental health resources. For a list of our trained MSU Instructors click here. For more information or to request a MSU training, contact Rachael Clews, Southwest FCS Specialist, rclews@ksu.edu.

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is an evidence-based suicide-prevention training designed to educate people from all walks of life on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. QPR training helps people get comfortable asking the question "Are you thinking about suicide?" and then helping others get appropriate help. 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.  Sessions are usually limited to 25 participates at a time. For a list of our trained QPR Instructors see the map below or click here. For more information or to schedule a QPR training, please contact Rebecca McFarland, mcfarla@ksu.edu

List of trained extension instructors:

QPR Suicide Prevention Training Extension Unit Contacts

Unit

Instructor

Phone Number 

Email

Anderson

Rebecca McFarland

785-229-3520

rmcfarla@ksu.edu 

Barton

Alicia Boor

620-793-1910

aboor@ksu.edu 

Chase

Shannon Spencer

620-767-5136

spspencer@ksu.edu 

Ford 

Andrea Burns

620-227-4542

aburns@ksu.edu 

Franklin

Rebecca McFarland

785-229-3520

rmcfarla@ksu.edu 

Grant

Monica Walker

620-356-1721

monicawalker@ksu.edu

Gray 

Sharon Erickson-Fryback

620-855-3821

sharone@ksu.edu 

Harvey 

Anne Pitts

316-284-6930

aelpers@ksu.edu 

Morris

Shannon Spencer

620-767-5136

spspencer@ksu.edu

Osage

Rebeca McFarland 

785-229-3520

rmcfarla@ksu.edu 

Riley (State)

Bradley Dirks

785-532-1577 

brdirks@ksu.edu 

Riley (State) 

Elaine Johannes

785-532-7720 

ejohanne@k-state.edu 

Riley (State)

Tawnie Larson

785- 532-2976

tawnie@k-state.edu 

SW Research-Extension Center (Regional)

Rachael Clews

620-275-9164

rclews@ksu.edu

 

MSU Farm Stress Training Extension Unit Contacts

Unit

Instructor

Phone Number 

Email

Gray 

Sharon Erickson-Fryback

620-855-3821

sharone@ksu.edu 

Harvey

Anne Pitts

316-284-6930

aelpers@ksu.edu 

Ryan Flaming

785-632-5335

srcooper@ksu.edu

Morris

Shannon Spencer

620-855-3821

spspencer@ksu.edu

Ottawa

Leah Robinson

785-392-2147

lmrobins@ksu.edu 

Riley (State)

Bradley Dirks

785-532-1577 

brdirks@ksu.edu 

Saline

Leah Robinson

785-392-2147

lmrobins@ksu.edu 

SW Research-Extension Center (Regional)

Rachael Clews

620-275-9164

rclews@ksu.edu 

 

Mental Health First Aid – Adult Extension Unit Contacts

Unit

Instructor

Phone Number 

Email

Grant

Monica Walker

620-356-1721

monicawalker@ksu.edu

Cowley

Becky Reid

620-221-5450

bkreid@ksu.edu 

Riley (State)

Bradley Dirks

785-532-1577 

brdirks@ksu.edu 

SW Research-Extension Center (Regional)

Rachael Clews

620-275-9164

rclews@ksu.edu 

Wyandotte

Chaquita Miller

913-299-9300

chmiller@ksu.edu 



Mental Health First Aid – Youth Extension Unit Contacts

Unit

Instructor

Phone Number 

Email

Grant

Monica Walker

620-356-1721

monicawalker@ksu.edu

Harvey

Anne Pitts

316-284-6930

aelpers@ksu.edu

 

Mental Health First Aid – Teen Extension Unit Contacts

Unit

Instructor

Phone Number 

Email

Harvey

Anne Pitts

316-284-6930

aelpers@ksu.edu

 

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