The QPR Institute offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs, educational and clinical materials for the general public, professionals, and institutions.


QPR Suicide Triage Training for Correctional Workers


Suicide is the leading cause of death in U.S. jails. While estimates vary, the suicide rate in jails is estimated to be 9 to 14 times higher than the general population. Suicide threats, attempts and completions are not rare events for correctional workers and represent a significant source of job stress. This course addresses the many factors that make jails, prisons and other lockups particularly high-risk environments for potentially suicidal persons and will provide you knowledge and skills to help reduce the risk of suicide where you work. What you learn here could also help reduce the risk that you and your employer will be sued following the death of an inmate by suicide.

This course is designed specifically for persons working in correctional facilities. The Surgeon General of the United States has released the new National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Among other goals, specific training in suicide prevention is targeted for correctional workers.

According to the report, “… there is an alarmingly high rate of suicide attempts and suicides in jails and correctional institutions. Given the often volatile nature of the circumstances that result in someone being placed in jail or a correctional facility, suicide and suicidal behaviors are much more common than in the general population (National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, 2001).”


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