QPR Suicide Prevention
What is QPR?
QPR is an evidence-based practice model for training gatekeepers and the general public on how to prevent suicide. The model is briefly described below. More detailed information and training is available through www.qprinstitute.com.
QPR Suicide Prevention: Question, Persuade, Refer
ASK A QUESTION, SAVE A LIFE
QPR is an approach to confronting someone about their possible thoughts of suicide. It is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment, instead a means to offer hope through positive action. There are three simple steps to follow:
Question the person about suicide. Ask if they've had any thoughts about it, feelings, or even plans? Do not be afraid to ask!
Persuade the person to get help. Remember to listen carefully and then say, "Let me help" or "Come with me to find help!"
Refer for help. If it is a child or adolescent, contact any adult, parents, minister, teacher, coach, or a counselor (1-800-866-HOPE)
TO SAVE A LIFE...
- Realize that someone might be suicidal
- Reach out. Asking the suicide question DOES NOT increase the risk
- Listen. Talking things out can save a life
- Don't try to do everything yourself
- Don't promise secrecy and don't worry about being disloyal.
- If persuasion fails, call your mental health center, local hotline, or emergency services. Also, 1- 800-SUICIDE
Since almost all efforts to persuade someone to live instead of attempt suicide will be met with agreement or relief, don't hesitate to get involved or to take the lead.