Additional sessions of suicide prevention QPR Gatekeeper Training available

October 23, 2015  

Due to an overwhelming response, the Advocacy and Support Center in the Office of the Dean of Students has added more opportunities for faculty and staff to attend QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training sessions.

The sessions will be held on the following dates, all in Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142:

* Oct. 27 (T) -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

* Oct. 28 (W) -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

* Nov. 3 (T) -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

* Nov. 17 (T) -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

* Nov. 24 (T) -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

* Dec. 1 (T) -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

* Dec. 2 (W) -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Due to the interactive format of the trainings, presentations have a 60-participant maximum. Sessions are primarily targeting faculty and staff, but students are welcome to attend. To register, visit

To schedule a specific training date and time for an office or department, click here. Submit all requests at least two weeks before the event or program. The center will try to accommodate all requests, but be aware that availabilities might be limited on certain dates.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- three simple steps that 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.

QPR is an approach to confronting someone about their thoughts of suicide. It is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment, instead it is a means to offer hope through positive action. For more information on QPR, visit the QPR Institute at

In addition, the Advocacy and Support Center offers a 30-minute presentation on its Services Overview and the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)/Recognizing Students of Concern presentations. Complete the Presentation and Training Request Form to schedule an event. 

For more information, contact Julie Cox at 49-41747 or

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