The QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program

student helping another student in crisis

To help our community recognize warning signs for suicide and assist others in need, CAPS has chosen the QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program, a community-focused, nationally-recognized, empirically-based suicide prevention program, to educate our community about suicide and the resources available for those needing professional help.

Any person on our campus (i.e., student, staff, or faculty) who is in a position to notice that another individual is distressed and needs help is a “gatekeeper.”

QPR is intended to teach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and provides guidelines on how to:

Question a person about potential suicidal thoughts,

Persuade them to seek help, and

Refer them to appropriate professional services.

The training program is appropriate for students, staff, and faculty. QPR sessions last 1.5 hours and have a 35-person maximum.

To request a free QPR training session please contact Assistant Director for Outreach & Education, Dr. Monika Gutkowska. If requesting a program, please allow at least three weeks advance notice due a large number of requests for training. If you already scheduled QPR training, please register for QPR here.

Learn more about QPR from the QPR Institute.

Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to respond to distressed comments, videos, or links posted by your friend on Facebook. Help a Friend in Need, Community Guide to Facebook (PDF).