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Before dying by suicide many people send warning signs that they are contemplating ending their own lives. As a professional who may have contact with those considering suicide, your conversation with them can help save a life. Learn what to say and do to reduce the risk of a suicide attempt by offering meaningful emotional support while creating a safe path to recovery from a life-threatening crisis.

  • 10+ scenario-based interactive simulations
  • 4 hours of video lecture
  • 4 evidence-based practices taught

Program Authors:  Paul Quinnett, PhD








3 Expert Faculty

Program Purpose

This skills-based training program is designed to teach those in the helping professions how to recognize people in crisis, identify suicide warning signs, and apply the mental health equivalent of CPR to someone who may be at risk of suicide. This training program is intended to prevent suicide not just among patients, but among employees, colleagues, co-workers, friends, and family members.

Program Description

The QPR Pro Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention™ is an expanded version of the basic 90-minute QPR training program taught to millions worldwide. Requiring 3-4 hours, this course includes when and how to screen for suicide risk in your work setting (if appropriate), and how to support someone in crisis. More, you will learn to identify and arrange an expert referral for evidence-based suicide-specific assessment and treatment.

Modularized in a rich mix of text, video, voice-over PowerPoint™ lectures, scenario-based practice sessions, and other state-of-the-art interactive and e-learning technologies, the QPR Pro training program provides a dynamic introduction to suicide risk detection, initial intervention, referral and follow up.

A skills-based training, it includes foundational information about suicide as a public health problem, an orientation to the link between mental illness and suicide, and evidence-based treatments for patients at risk of suicidal behaviors.

Program Goals:

Participants who complete this course should be able to:

  • Understand suicide as a major public health problem
  • Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
  • Identify unique verbal, behavioral, and situational suicide warning signs
  • Screen someone at risk of suicide
  • Know how to inquire about suicidal intent and desire
  • Recognize at least three suicide warning signs
  • Recognize at least three risk factors for suicide
  • Recognize at least three protective factors against suicide
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and intent to act to intervene with persons at risk of suicide
  • Know how to engage and assist a suicidal colleague or co-worker
  • Describe “means reduction” and why it is important
  • Describe and locate referral resources and how to access them
  • Demonstrate and carry out an effective follow up for continuity of care
In sum, this training program provides an educational bridge between research and evidenced-based best practices designed to reduce the burden of suffering associated with suicide.
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