QPR Training

What is QPR Training?

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in as little as one hour."

According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), someone who has been trained in QPR is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. QPR-trained individuals in the University setting include faculty, staff, advisors, campus health practitioners, counselors, police officers and supervisors, and many others who are in regular interaction with students who can recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

QPR Trainers at the University of Louisville

  • Sarah Choate, UofL Faculty School of Public Health & Information Sciences
  • Laura Frey, UofL Faculty Kent School of Social Work
  • Jessica Gernert, Student Conduct Coordinator, Dean of Students
  • Riece Hamilton, Interim Program Manager, Health Promotion
  • Brian Holahan, Disability Resources Coordinator, Disability Resource Center
  • Maya Lynum-Walker, Coordinator, BSW Program, Kent School of Social Work
  • Bryan Mathis, Program Coordinator Senior, School of Public Health & Information Sciences
  • Sara Williams, Research Support Coordinator, Kent School of Social Work

Request Suicide Prevention Training

If you would like to request either a QPR or an It’s Real training for your department or group, please submit the online request form.

More Information

For more information about QPR training, please contact the Dean of Students Office.