Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.
QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world.
What is a Gatekeeper?
According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper a participant will learn to:
- Recognize the warning signs of suicide
- Know how to offer hope
- Know how to get help and save a life
With QPR, the following Chain of Survival elements must also be in place as they are with CPR:
- Early Recognition of suicide | The sooner warning signs are detected and help sought, the better the outcome of a suicidal crisis will be.
- Early QPR | Asking someone about the presence of suicidal thoughts and feelings opens up a conversation that may lead to a referral for help.
- Early intervention and referral | Referral to local resources or calling 1-800-273-TALK for evaluation and possible referral is critical.
- Early Advanced Life Support | As with any illness, early detection and treatment results in better outcomes.
After minimum training, QPR participants should be able to:
- Recognize someone at risk for suicide,
- Intervene with those at risk; and,
- Refer them to an appropriate resource
The training only takes 60 minutes and Certification remains active for 2 years.
There is no cost to your school or organization