Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
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Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) are three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is a free, 60-90 minute suicide prevention training that is offered to the public that trains that teaches the participant to recognize a suicide crisis and how to get help. It was designed by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D., Spokane, Washington.

Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. Each year, thousands of Americans are saying "yes" to save the life of a friend, colleague, sibling or neighbor by being trained as a QPR specialist.

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 include parents, friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers, caseworkers, firefighters and many others trained to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide

A QPR-trained Gatekeeper will learn to:

  • recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • know how to offer hope
  • know how to get help and possibly save a life

You may also obtain more information from the QPR Institute website at: or by calling 888-726-7926.

Call or email for information.

In Alamance, Caswell, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Warren, Vance, Orange, Person or Chatham counties, contact Lynn Inman at

In Davie, Forsyth, Stokes and Rockingham counties, contact Melissa Bunker at

In Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly or Union counties, contact LaShay Avery at