QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. Three simple steps that anyone can learn in about an hour to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
Hope Begins With You
- Every 17 minutes, at least six Americans lose a loved one to suicide.Most did not have the chance to learn the warning signs. Although 90% of those individuals who died by suicide showed warning signs to family, friends, and community members.
You have the opportunity to make a difference. You have the chance to help save a life.
QPR, for Suicide Prevention
QPR is a citizen outreach action. QPR Gatekeepers are citizens in every community who, because of their contact with those at risk of suicide, are often in the best position to identify and refer people thinking about suicide to the help they may need to stay alive.
Gatekeepers can include professional caregivers, police officers, firemen or paramedics, youth leaders, clergy, school professionals, coaches, volunteers or paid staff in human service organizations, or business owners/supervisors, among others.
It’s easy to learn and takes just one hour.
To schedule QPR training:
The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County provides free QPR training to organizations, agencies, schools, churches and businesses through a grant from the Osceola Community Health Foundation.