QPR Suicide Prevention Training



QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer and is a suicide prevention training program that focuses on the importance of open dialogue in preventing suicide.

Training sessions last approximately 90 minutes and will be taking place via Zoom for the 2020-21 school year. The format of the training is a presentation, question and answer session, and an opportunity to role-play the skills that were discussed in the presentation.

To indicate your interest in attending QPR training in the future, please fill out this form. This form allows me to know who would like to be informed of upcoming training sessions when they are scheduled.
Upcoming training sessions: Wednesday, April 21st at 7 p.m. CST and Monday, April 26th at 4:30 p.m. CST.
To register for one of the scheduled training sessions, please follow this link.
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Over the past couple of years, I have been investigating Lawrence's suicide prevention efforts. The training that Lawrence offers is QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), which is a suicide prevention program that focuses on the importance of open dialogue in the effort to combat suicide.

After completing Community Advisor training last fall, I was discussing QPR with a professor who had never heard of the program. Considering Lawrence's elevated statistics in regard to depression and suicidal ideation compared to the average college campus, I was deeply unsettled by this. After some discussion, Wellness Services offered to pay for me to become a QPR gatekeeper Instructor (someone who trains others in QPR) with the agreement that I would then provide numerous trainings to different areas of Lawrence.

As someone who has struggled with suicidal ideation personally and supported many suicidal people — on this campus especially — this topic and training are incredibly valuable to me. I truly see the potential for good on this campus with an increased knowledge of suicide prevention.

Considering the incredibly caring nature of many faculty members, I really see where this training could be valuable and appreciated. I believe having more faculty QPR trained will allow more students to feel comfortable reaching out for help and will also prepare faculty members for these conversations with the knowledge of the resources available to students.