University Counseling and Testing Service

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Suicide Prevention Training:

Ask A Question, Save A Life

We know from research that early detection of mental health issues gives a much greater prognosis for recovery and that early intervention can sometimes be critical. ISU Counseling & Testing staff believe that early detection of mental health issues is an important component of their work and that no student who wants or needs help should be left to struggle on their own. Therefore, Counseling & Testing staff will be offering "Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)" a nationally-recognized suicide prevention program.

Much like CPR, QPR is designed for an easy learning process and can be applied by everyone, including people outside of mental health professions. QPR is a behavioral intervention that focuses on getting a distressed individual/student referred for professional help. It is intended to teach front-line people (e.g. resident advisors, academic advisors, friends, religious professionals, faculty/staff, parents etc.) how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues. QPR provides direction as to how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, how to Persuade them to get help and how to Refer the person for help.

Presented by a certified QPR instructor, each 90-minute QPR gatekeeper training includes information on:

Each participant will receive information on suicide prevention, as well as resource information for treatment providers and support groups on campus and in the Pocatello community.

Request QPR Training

If would like to request a Gatekeeper training, please call us at 282-2130.


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