Suicide Prevention and QPR

What is QPR?

QPR stands for: Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Suicide is everybody's business, look out for one another, aerobics instructors and physicians have to know CPR, but it's good for everyone else to know it too. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to get a person at risk the help they need. You might be surprised and may find it useful at some point in your life with someone you know and care about.

According to the National Mental Health Association, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-age students, with an estimated 1,088 occurring on campuses each year. With QPR training you can learn how to save the life of a student, friend, colleague, family member, or neighbor.

In as little as 1½ hours you can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life. Presented by a certified QPR instructor, each QPR training includes information on:

  • The problem of suicide nationally and in Kentucky
  • Common myths and facts associated with suicide
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • Tips for asking the suicide question
  • Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
  • Ways of referring at risk people to local resources
  • AND time for Questions and Answers

Each attendee will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, as well as resource information for treatment providers and support groups within their community.

For more information on QPR, or to schedule a QPR training session, contact Dr. Megan Marks or Dr. Mary Bolin at (859) 257-8701.

If you would like referral information on mental health resources, please call the Resource Referral Line at (859) 457-0022. This is a service of UK IN-CASE, a joint program of the University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services and the College of Social Work.