What is Taxi Watch ?
Taxi Watch Provides Suicide Prevention & Awareness Training To Taxi Drivers Nationwide - teaching carriage professionals how to spot the signs of a person suffering through a suicide crisis, how to react, and how to get the person to safety.
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What is QPR ?
Our course is a specially adapted version of the award-winning suicide prevention programme QPR. 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 Manoeuvre help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
What Will You Learn ?
Recognise the warning signs of suicide
Know how to offer hope
Know how to get help and save a life
How is QPR like CPR?:
Both are interventions. Much of the world is familiar with CPR — short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation — an emergency medical intervention created in 1957 by Peter Safar. The process is designed to stabilise people who aren’t breathing or breathing intermittently and who may be in cardiac arrest until the person can reach a hospital or other care. Similarly, QPR is an an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. An abbreviation for Question, Persuade and Refer, the intent is also to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care. Both are part of a "Chain of Survival": Both CPR and QPR are part of systems designed to increase the chance of survival in the event of a crisis.
In the Chain of Survival model of emergency cardiac care, the likelihood that a victim will survive a cardiac arrest increases when each of the following four links is connected:
Early Recognition and Early access | The sooner 999 or your local emergency number is called the sooner early advanced life support arrives.
Early CPR | This helps maintain blood flow to the vital organs.
External Defibrillator | A device ready for use when advanced medical personnel arrive.
Early Advanced Life Support | Administered by trained medical personnel who provide further care and transport to hospital facilities.
Similarly, with QPR, the following Chain of Survival elements must also be in place:
Early Recognition of suicide | The sooner warning signs are detected and help sought, the better the outcome of a suicidal crisis will be.
Early QPR | Asking someone about the presence of suicidal thoughts and feelings opens up a conversation that may lead to a referral for help.
Early intervention and referral | Referral to local resources or calling 0818 30 30 61 for evaluation and possible referral is critical.
Early Advanced Life Support | As with any illness, early detection and treatment results in better.
Frequently asked questions
What will I learn ?
Who is eligable to take part ?
Where does the course take place ?
Training is provided across the UK and island of Ireland. If you are interested in taking part please contact us via the form below.
Will the skills I learn be applicable outside of work ?
Yes, you will be able to apple these vital QPR skills at home and across all aspects of your everyday life. Just like first aid, it is a vital skill to hold.
Why is QPR a usefull skill for professional drivers ?
As professional drivers, we may sometimes, completly unbeknownest to ourselfves, be driving an indivudal to their prefered suicide location. It is not uncommon for those in a suicidal crisis to travel in a taxi car. The skills you will learn on our course will allow you to spot the subtle signs that your passenger may be in danger. You will also learn how to persude your passenger to get the help they require - whilst keeping both you, and them safe.
TaxiWatch was founded in 2014 by Kilkenny Taxi Driver and mental health advocate Derek Devoy and aims to equip every taxi driver in Europe with Suicide Intervention skills. In 2020, the programme became an initiative of Talk To Tom Suicide Prevention. The programme teaches Taxi Professionals how to spot the signs of a person suffering through a suicide crisis, how to react, and how to get the person to safety.
Talk To Tom Taxi Watch is a completely volunteer driven organisation, run by the community for the community. We rely solely on the generosity of the public to fund our services.
As we are run by volunteers all funds raised goes directly into funding the services we facilitate. You can be safe in the knowledge that 100% of the money we raise will go towards suicide prevention and awareness.
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St Michaels Rd, Gorey,
Wexford Y25 X4A6
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Tel: + 353 818 303061