Question, Persuade, Refer
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students, but it is also one of the most preventable causes of death. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), guided by certified trainers, is a program designed for everyone to learn what can be done to prevent suicide.
The program goal is to train faculty, staff, students, administrators, parents, and community members in how to effectively recognize and refer persons in distress to campus and community resources. As a result of QPR Training, you will: be able to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide; be able to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three steps (question, persuade, and refer) with individuals in distress; have the skills to act with confidence to make a difference.
College and Suicide — Just the Facts
- Suicide is Preventable.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.
- Nearly 1,100 suicides are projected to occur on college campuses this year.
- 18-24 year-olds think about suicide more often than any other age group.
- One in twelve U.S. college students has made a suicide plan.
- The National College Health Risk Behavior Study found that 11.4% of students seriously consider attempting suicide.
- In 1998, suicide killed more young adults than AIDS, cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, birth defects, stroke, influenza and chronic lung disease combined.
- The suicide rate for 15 – 24 year-olds increased by over 200% in the last 50 years.
- About 12 young people aged 15-24 will commit suicide today.
- One person under the age of 25 commits suicide within every 2 hours and 2 1/2 minutes.