By Larry J. Cohen, CAPP
In the aftermath of a handful of suicides from one of our organization’s parking garages, we struggled with how to deal with the issue. There was no tactical plan available to implement on this specific topic, so I worked to create a best-practices road map to help prevent suicides from parking garages. That led to articles, an IPMI white paper, and participating in webinars, conference presentations and consulting. Saving Lives is the overall expansion of that work into training staff in the many types of life-threatening scenarios that can be encountered in their daily life, including:
- Red Cross First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
- Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
- QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention.
- Mental Health First Aid.
It was my pleasure to talk about the Saving Lives initiative in the latest episode of The Parking Podcast. I’d love to hear what you think.
Larry J. Cohen, CAPP, is executive director of the Lancaster, Pa., Parking Authority.