Suicide Prevention and QPR

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. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), guided by Counseling and Psychological Services staff, is a national program designed for everyone to learn what can be done to prevent deaths by 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 Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), you will: be able to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating dying by suicide; be able to explore protective factors that help prevent suicide deaths, and apply the three steps of the QPR with individuals in distress; have the skills to act with confidence to make a difference.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a one hour presentation where you will learn the warning signs of suicide and three basic principles of how to help save a life. It is designed for students, faculty and staff and anyone at UCF. A  session can also be arranged at a convenient time specifically for your group or organization.

QPR is being offered for our community by other providers as well. For the most up to date information, please see our social media pages.

For more information about arranging training for your group or organization at UCF, go to request a presentation.

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College and Suicide — Just the Facts

  1. Suicide is Preventable.
  2. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.
  3. Nearly 1,100 suicide deaths are projected to occur on college campuses this year.
  4. 18-24 year-olds think about dying by suicide more often than any other age group.
  5. One in twelve U.S. college students has made a suicide plan.
  6. The National College Health Risk Behavior Study found that 11.4% of students seriously consider attempting suicide.
  7. In 1998, dying by suicide impacted more young adults than AIDS, cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, birth defects, stroke, influenza and chronic lung disease combined.
  8. The suicide death rate for 15 – 24 year-olds increased by over 200% in the last 50 years.
  9. About 12 young people aged 15-24 will complete suicide today.
  10. One person under the age of 25 complete suicide within every 2 hours and 2 1/2 minutes.


Suicide Prevention Phone Apps
ReliefLink - This award-winning suicide prevention app assists users with tracking daily mood/thoughts, creating a safety plan, locating the nearest hospitals, and obtaining quick-access to coping methods.
A Friend Asks - This app offers tips for getting help for a friend (or yourself).  Helpful information includes what to do RIGHT NOW as well as what NOT to do.
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