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"Question, Persuade, Refer" (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

Step up. Help someone. Participate in a training session! 


QPR provides clear direction for how to: Question a person about suicidal thoughts, Persuade them to get help, and Refer the person for help.  Presented by a certified QPR instructor, each 90-minute QPR gatekeeper training includes information on:        

  • The problem of suicide nationally and locally 
  • Common myths and facts associated with suicide       
  • Tips for asking the suicide question       
  • Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help       
  • Ways of referring at risk people to local resources
  • Practicing QPR skills       
  • AND time for questions & answers     

Research suggests early detection of mental health issues results in increased prognosis for recovery and early intervention can be critical. The Rice Counseling Center and Student Wellbeing Office now offers "Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)" a nationally recognized suicide prevention program.     

Much like CPR, QPR is designed as an easy to learn intervention and can be applied by anyone, including people outside of mental health professions. QPR is a behavioral intervention that focuses on helping a distressed student access appropriate professional help. It is intended to teach front-line individuals or “gatekeepers” on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues.

Spring 2017 Training Sessions

Time and date: Friday, March 24 - 2:30-3:30 PM (This training is now full.)

If you would like to bring QPR: Suicide Training to your department or group, please contact our office at 713-348-3311 or wellbeing@rice.edu.