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QPR - Suicide Prevention Training
Just as People trained in CPR and 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.
QPR is a nationally recognized, evidence-based suicide prevention training developed by Paul Quinnett, PhD, a clinical psychologist and the founder of the QPR Institute. (www.qprinstitute.com) It is a training for every-day citizens to become "Gatekeepers." Participants need no other clinical training or education.
QPR Gatekeepers may be parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foreman, police officers, caseworkers, fire fighters, and many others who are in a position to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. Gatekeepers are trained to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that somone may be contemplating suicide. They help by following the simple QPR steps and by providing hope.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has a national registry of scientifically based approaches for preventing and treating mental health and substance use disorders, and for preventing suicide. Only 12 suicide prevention programs or interventions have met the rigorous requirements to be listed on the registry. QPR is one.