QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. QPR is a nationally recognized suicide prevention program that is designed to save lives through; increasing awareness about suicide risk factors and warning signs, teaching participants how to talk to someone about suicide, and educating participants on how to facilitate appropriate mental health referrals. Recently, a group of MU faculty, staff and administrators were trained as QPR trainers. In just under two hours, these individuals can effectively train groups of students, staff, faculty or administrators to be QPR Gatekeepers. Once trained, the Gatekeepers will have the knowledge needed to assist a friend or neighbor in crisis.

Why Learn QPR?

In 1999, the Surgeon General declared suicide a major public health problem. In his Call to Action, the Surgeon General discussed fifteen key recommendations for suicide prevention. Included in these recommendations was a proposal to "increase the proportion of colleges and universities with evidence-based programs designed to address serious young adult distress and prevent suicide." It was further recommended that such programs identify natural community helpers or Gatekeepers. A Gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. A Gatekeeper is anyone, including a parent, friend, roommate, teacher, advisor, resident assistant, public safety, or facilities personnel, who is strategically positioned to refer someone at risk of suicide.

Suicidal people often display clues and warning signs that they are in trouble. You can prevent suicide by becoming a QPR Gatekeeper. Please consider joining the other 300,000 trained Gatekeepers across America who are saving lives every day. You can become a Gatekeeper in under two hours.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

    • recognize the risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide
    • know what to do or say if you think someone might be at risk for suicide
    • know where and how to refer someone who is depressed or considering suicide
    • know how to offer hope

Please contact the Counseling Center at 414-288-7172 for more information on how to become a Gatekeeper.




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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is dedicated to promoting the psychological health of students at Marquette University. We offer mental health services to be able to respond to the emotional and career exploration needs of undergraduate, graduate and professional college students, and the prevention resources to reinforce healthy development.