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QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

The Mission of the QPR institute is:

To save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

What does QPR mean?

  • Question
  • Persuade
  • Refer

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 and the 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. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR can be learned in as little as one hour.

As QPR-trained you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

To request a QPR Training:

Trainings are available for all members of the Cal Poly Community. Please contact Dr. Hannah Roberts, Assistant Director of Community Prevention & Intervention Services to schedule a QPR Training for your
  • Classroom
  • Office or Department
  • Club or Team
  • Other Organization
  • Or to be added to the list of individuals to be notified when a campus-wide training is held.

​​Often times, the simple offering of hope and social and spiritual support can avert a suicide attempt entirely.

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