QPR Postvention

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QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three 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 save the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR covers:

  • Common myths and facts about suicide
  • Warming signs & risk factors of suicide
  • Tips for asking the “suicide question”
  • How to persuade suicidal individuals to get help
  • Ways of referring at-risk people to resources



  • Identification of the role of key service providers and ways to participate in and/or coordinate an integrated and effective community response to the suicide death of a client or community member.
  • The skills to recognize warning signs for suicide in clients or other community members after a suicide death.
  • An appreciation of the complexity of suicide related grief and cultural considerations regarding suicide.
  • The ability to encourage help-seeking, reduce stigma, and knowledge of concepts and resources to promote healing for survivors and communities.
  • Recommendations regarding confidentiality, safe communication, language and media inquiries following a suicide death.