QPR Training

Question - Persuade - Refer

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

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. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

How is QPR like CPR?

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 stabilize 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.

  • 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 1-800-Suicide for evaluation and possible referral is critical.
  • Early Advanced Life Support -  As with any illness, early detection and treatment results in better outcomes.

Training Dates and Location

Date Time Location Presenter(s) Registration
Thursday, 4/18/19 2:00-3:30 p.m. Ulmer 222 Nikki Wible & Liza Kopp REGISTER
Wednesday, 4/24/19 5:00-6:30 p.m. Durrwachter- Mertz Room (lower level) Dr. Tyana Lange & Angie Hardy REGISTER
Wednesday, 5/1/19 9:30-11:00 a.m. Bentley Rooms 6 & 7 Emmy Borst, Amy Downes & Karen Stefaniak REGISTER
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