Training for youth coaches, youth leaders and mentors

Training is available for all coaches, mentors, and youth leaders to help you recognize youth who are at risk and intervene if necessary.  This training is known as the Question, Persuade, and Refer or QPR Training.  Currently, the Needham Public Schools has trained all of the high school and middle school teachers in this model. Tom Denton, the Director of Guidance for the Needham Public Schools is a certified QPR trainer and is responsible for training in the schools.  Jon Mattleman, Director of the Youth Commission and Denise Garlick, Chairperson of the Needham Health Department, are certified QPR trainers who are responsible for providing training for Needham groups outside of the school system.  If you or your organization is interested in receiving this important training, please contact Jon Mattleman at the Youth Commission by emailing Jon at or by contacting  Denise Garlick through the Town of Needham Health Department at 781 455-7523.



Hurting yourself is NEVER
the right answer.
There are people who can help.

For immediate help call
911 or

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

To talk with someone call
Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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