To assist the UM campus community in recognizing suicide warnings signs and direct others to resources, the Counseling Center has several options for community members to receive suicide gatekeeper training. One of them is an online module called QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer). It is a nationally recognized and empirically based suicide prevention gatekeeper training program aimed at educating others about suicide and resources for those needing assistance. All campus stakeholders (i.e. staff, faculty or student) can be considered a gatekeeper and to recognize when others need help. The elements of QPR are quite simple. It is intended to help others 1) Question a person about potential suicidal thoughts, 2) Persuade them to seek help and 3) Refer them to proper services. The online training takes about 45 minutes to complete.
In addition to the online QPR training, the counseling center can also provide non-QPR training sessions on suicide prevention facilitated by one of its staff members. This training lasts 45-60 minutes and has a 25-person maximum.
To request training, please contact Rene Monteagudo at Rmonteag@miami.edu. Please allow 4 weeks advance notice for the training.
Below please find the link to the online QPR training and follow the instructions. In addition, faculty and staff can consult the Faculty and Staff Guide on how to support students in distress by clicking here.
The Online QPR Training can be found by clicking here.
The Jed Foundation, Facebook and the Clinton Foundation have collaborated to create a tip sheet on how to recognize suicide warnings signs. Please click here
Information about the QPR Institute can be found here.
Finally, our colleagues at N.C. State created an Emmy award winning video on suicide prevention. Please watch the video by clicking here.