QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that 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. QPR can be learned in a Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
In one hour, you can become a Gatekeeper
According to the Surgeon General's National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
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.
QPR is a simple educational program that teaches non mental health professionals how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. Research and evaluations to date have shown positive results. There is a small fee for training materials.
For additional information and to schedule QPR Gatekeeper Training for your organization or department contact:
Dr. Melissa Nard