What is Green Dot?
Green Dot is a comprehensive violence prevention strategy that depends on the power of bystanders to prevent violence and shift social and cultural norms. Green Dot sees all community members as potential active bystanders and seeks to safely engage them in violence prevention. Active bystanders do “green dots” by expressing intolerance for violence through both proactive and reactive behaviors.
Why is the program called Green Dot?
Think of a movie about an epidemic that has spread throughout the world. This is typically depicted by red dots covering a map. In the Green Dot strategy, instead of representing cases of a disease, each red dot represents someone’s decision to contribute to violence. Influential and respected individuals across community subgroups are trained to recognize “red dots” (words or actions tolerating or leading to violence) and to replace them with proactive and reactive “green dots” (behaviors, words, or attitudes promoting safety and communicating intolerance for violence). As these influential community members practice green dots, intolerance for violence is modeled and new norms are created. The community “map” begins to displace red dots and fill with green dots, leading to a reduction in violence.
The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.