Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is an evidence-based model that can be delivered in one hour, and is appropriate for both adults and youth. The mission of the QPR Institute is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. The QPR Institute believes that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.
Expanding QPR Efforts
Superior Health Foundation (SHF) selected UP Coalition Network (UPCN) as a 2018 Gala Partner, and will provide $10,000 of funding in September to enhance QPR suicide prevention training. UPCN will train a volunteer in each of the 14 participating counties to provide QPR to the public, with no charge for the trainer’s time.
UPCN’s goal in this endeavor is to increase the number of individuals who can recognize the warnings signs of suicide and connect at-risk people to help. Experienced QPR trainers from the Marquette Health Department will assist the volunteer trainers as they begin providing QPR in their communities. Each participating coalition will also host a kickoff event to promote QPR and suicide prevention.
“We’re excited to be able to promote QPR because it’s evidence-based, it can be provided in a short amount of time, and it can be offered to adults and to youth,” said Gery Shelafoe, Certified Prevention Consultant and organizer of UP Coalition Network. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people age 10 to 34 in the US, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help people recognize the signs of suicide and link those in need to help.”