Question. Persuade. Refer. – QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Visit the QPR Institute’s homepage here.
The Lewis and Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition Website states: “Intended for people from all walks of life, QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is a one- to two-hour course designed to teach “gatekeepers” warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to help. Gatekeepers can include friends, co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers, and firefighters, among many others. The process follows three steps: (1) Question if a person is considering suicide, (2) Persuade them to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources. Information provided by the QPR Institute and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Learn more about the program here .”
Some ways that other faith communities have implemented this training in their faith communities is by having all of their volunteers who work with children take this training. How else could you encourage your community to get trained to save a life? If you are in Lewis and Clark County and are interested in hosting this short training at your faith community, please contact Jess at [email protected]. If you are not in Lewis and Clark County but are interested, contact Coleen at [email protected] and she will get you in touch with the appropriate person in your county.