For Community Capacity Building
(For counties, tribes, parishes, community non-profit or governmental organizations dedicated to preventing suicide at the local level)
To date, more than one million Americans have been trained in the QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention program. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based, SPRC/AFSP registered “best practice” program taught in classrooms by more than 5,000 Certified Instructors throughout the US and abroad.
However, using e-learning technology and any broadband connection, QPR training online now meets the requirements for a safe and effective public health intervention by answering “yes” to the following four questions:
- Is it available?
- Is it affordable?
- Is it accessible?
- Is it adequate?
With a “yes” answer to these four questions, and to extend and enhance this public health intervention effort, the QPR Institute is offering suicide prevention leadership organizations one-time, one-year grants of online QPR Gatekeeper training licenses to accomplish the following three goals:
- Goal 1: Build community capacity to prevent suicide by strengthening community connectedness through gatekeeper training designed to detect and treat at-risk persons before a suicide attempt or completion occurs.
- Goal 2: Reduce the frequency and base rates of suicide attempts and completions in communities experiencing increasing and high rates of suicide events (attempts and fatalities).
- Goal 3: Establish sustainable suicide prevention programming and staff infrastructure at the community level through a public-private partnership.
Advanced training for key gatekeepers (police, corrections, EMS, nurses, mental health, and healthcare providers) can be added to enhance community competence at all points of contact with persons at elevated risk of suicidal behaviors.