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QPR Training: Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR Institute logoQuestion. Persuade. Refer. These steps can help save a life, and it’s the same technique first responders and educators use with individuals contemplating suicide. In just one or two hours, either online or in-person, you can become trained in QPR. You’ll learn how to identify warning signs, how to interrupt the crisis and how to direct that person to proper care.

QPR is a nationally used, evidenced based training that assists people in learning how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.

Get Trained!

We can each play a role in suicide prevention. Register for online training through the QPR Institute.


QPR Training

As someone trained in QPR, you will be able to:

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

Basic Principles of QPR

The fundamental premise of QPR’s effectiveness is based on the belief, and growing research, that those most at-risk for suicide do not self-refer. To locate these individuals, identify their suicidal communications and get them to needed services is at the heart of the QPR approach to suicide prevention.

  • QPR recognizes that suicidal behavior is interpersonal in nature, potentially deadly, understandable and usually preventable.
  • QPR recognizes that even socially isolated individuals have some sort of contact with their community (e.g., family members, doctors, teachers, employers, bankers, counselors, attorneys, etc.). These individuals play pre-existing roles in the at-risk person’s life and, with a little training, these same individuals can help save lives.
  • QPR teaches diverse groups within each community how to recognize the “real crisis” of suicide and the symptoms and communications that may accompany it.
  • QPR addresses high-risk people within their own environments, versus requiring individuals to initiate requests for support or treatment on their own.
  • QPR offers the increased possibility of intervention early in the depressive and/or suicidal crisis.
  • QPR encourages trained individuals to take the individual directly to a treatment provider and/or community resource.
  • QPR stresses active follow-up on each intervention.

QPR Training FAQs

Who could benefit from being trained in QPR?
QPR is designed for people who do not necessarily have mental health training, but may be the first person to notice warning signs or be in a position to intervene with an individual considering suicide. In short, the more people trained in QPR, the more lives saved. QPR meets the requirements for suicide prevention training for educators through HB1430 and SB240.

How long does the training take?
QPR takes approximately 2 hours to administer. The curriculum was developed by the QPR institute and contains information on national and state suicide statistics, warning signs of suicide, how to implement the steps of QPR and role plays to practice skills.

How much does the training cost?
The trainings are provided at no cost to participants through a Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) grant through SAMHSA and Community Health Network.

How do I get more information about the QPR training?
More information about QPR can be found on the QPR Institute Website at www.qprinstitute.com.