QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR 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.
Reaching out to someone we’re worried about is a suicide prevention action that everyone can take. The most important thing we can do after asking “are you ok?” is to listen without judgement and encourage action to increase safety, but sometimes we feel unsure about what to say or do when someone says they are “not ok”.
The good news is that there are suicide prevention education and training programs specifically designed to make sure we know what to say and do when someone may be at risk of suicide and to help us feel ready and able to have these conversations.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer- it is a short course designed to help people recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond in an emergency mental health situation. It has been shown to increase knowledge about suicide, as well as improve skills and confidence in responding to mental health crisis situations.