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About QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Upcoming Training


To Register: email us at 

PLEASE NOTE:  You must be present for the entire presentation to earn the certificate.  

(If it's been awhile since you attended QPR Suicide Prevention training, the QPR NEXT workshop may be the right choice for you.  In this Part 2 workshop, we review the basics of QPR and give you some additional training.  The QPR Institute recommends that people think about retraining in the basics of QPR every six months.)

Research shows that early detection of mental health issues gives a much greater prognosis for recovery and that early intervention can sometimes be critical. The Counseling Center believes that no student who wants or needs help should be left to struggle alone.

In Summer 2008, the Counseling Center launched a major suicide prevention initiative for the UNCW community, "Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)," a nationally-recognized suicide prevention training program. The ultimate goal is to train as many people on campus as possible in QPR.

Much like CPR, QPR is an easy process that can be applied by everyone, including people outside of mental health professions. QPR is a behavioral intervention that focuses on getting a distressed individual referred for professional help. It is intended to teach front-line people (e.g. resident advisors, academic advisors, friends, religious professionals, faculty/staff, parents etc.) how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues.

QPR provides direction as to how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, Persuade them to get help and to Refer the person for help.

Presented by a certified QPR instructor, each training session includes information on:

  • The problem of suicide nationally, in North Carolina and at UNCW
  • Common myths and facts associated with suicide
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • Tips for asking the suicide question
  • Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
  • Ways of referring at risk people to local resources
  • AND time for Questions and Answers

Each participant will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, as well as information on treatment providers and support in the Wilmington community.

Request Training: Contact us at 910-962-3746 for more information. *


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