August 31, 2016

Dean of Students offering QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training, Student of Concern presentation

As the semester begins, the Office of the Dean of Students is announcing open presentations and resources available to assist in intervening and providing care to students.

QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Purdue joins more than 160 colleges and universities in providing QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training to faculty, staff and students. 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 Suicide Prevention 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.

QPR can be learned in the gatekeeper course in as little as two hours. Instructors will present, discuss and role-play scenarios until participants feel comfortable with the material. At the completion of the training, participants will obtain a certificate. There is no annual certification. Those who have already attended this training do not need to recertify.

Purdue currently has more than 1,000 QPR Suicide Prevention gatekeepers -- many of whom have notified the Office of the Dean of Students about concerns they have for students. To become a Purdue QPR Suicide Prevention gatekeeper, register for an open QPR Gatekeeper training session here:

Student of Concern Presentation

When someone has a concern for a student, completing a Student of Concern Report allows staff within the Office of the Dean of Students to provide outreach and assistance to the student. This hourlong presentation will address concerning behavior; instructions on how to report concerns; and information about what takes place after a report is submitted. Additionally, participants will learn about the Behavior Intervention Team. Presenters will allow time for questions and remain afterward to discuss any specific concerns attendees may have. Sign up for a presentation here:

Student of Concern Guides

New Student of Concern Guides have arrived and are ready for distribution. This guide serves as an easy reference of resources available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To request copies, go to

For more information about QPR, contact Carol Ben-Davies at 49-41747 or

For more information about Student of Concern reports, contact Steven Yeagley at 49-41747 or

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