A primary goal of Emory Cares 4 U is suicide prevention on Emory’s campus. We believe that everyone should have a part in creating a community of caring on campus that promotes health and well-being and thus reduces people’s risk for stress, depression, and suicide. As a part of fostering this culture of caring, we are offering suicide-prevention gatekeeper training to any interested parties or groups of people. Specifically, we are providing QPR gatekeeper training, which is one of the best known, evidence-based, and comprehensive suicide- prevention programs. A QPR gatekeeper is someone trained to recognize someone at risk for, or experiencing, a suicide crisis and who further knows how and where to find help for a person in distress.
A large number of students thinking about suicide do not seek out mental health services. Instead, they turn to friends, peers, family members, partners, coaches, teammates, teachers, advisers, health care staff, clergy, and others. The person turned to could be you. Even if someone does not directly communicate their intention to harm themselves, you may be in a position to notice concerning behaviors. With QPR gatekeeper training, you can feel confident about helping that person and may even be the person who saves another student’s life. Learn how to ask a question and save a life.
QPR stands for question, persuade, and refer.
Q—Question the person about suicide.
P—Persuade the person to get help.
R—Refer the person for help.
In the first part of the training, you learn statistics regarding suicide, including statistics specific to Emory University, and how to recognize warning signs and suicidal behaviors. In the second part of the training, you learn how to ask whether or not someone is thinking about suicide (question), how to convince that person to get help (persuade), and then where and how to refer them for help (refer).
QPR is often compared to CPR. We do not train you to be a mental health professional or expect you to become a crisis expert. We only hope that you will learn to keep someone “emotionally breathing” until they can be referred for professional help.
We understand that this topic can be highly personal and often comes with lots of questions. So our trainers are flexible in their style to make sure everyone gets their needs met and feels comfortable implementing what they have learned after training.
Anyone affiliated with Emory University (student, faculty, staff, administrators) who is interested is eligible to be trained.
QPR training takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Our trainers will come to a location that is convenient for you or find a location on campus where you or your group could be trained.
Group trainings occur several times each month. If you are an individual wanting to be trained, you are welcome to add yourself to one of those trainings by contacting the coordinators (listed below).
Training is completely FREE
References: QPR Institute: qprinstitute.com "Suicide: The Forever Decision, for Those Thinking about Suicide and for Those Who Know, Love and Counsel Them" by Paul Quinnett