Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

The Counseling Center offers QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) training, a nationally recognized, evidence-based suicide prevention training program.

QPR teaches participants (“gatekeepers”) to recognize and respond proactively to individuals who may be a potential threat to themselves. As a QPR-trained gatekeeper, you will learn: to recognize signs that someone may be at risk for suicide, what to say if you think someone is at risk for suicide, and where and how to refer that person to appropriate resources

More information about QPR is available on the QPR Institute Website. QPR is available to UM students, faculty, and staff, online and in person.

Online QPR training:  

The self-paced online training generally takes 45-60 minutes to complete. Use organizational code UM to start the online training.

If you have any questions about the online training, please contact Rene Monteagudo at Rmonteag@miami.edu.

In-person QPR training:

Interactive, in-person QPR trainings are facilitated by UMCC staff and include didactic material as well as opportunities for discussion and role-play.

Fall 2018 QPR trainings:

  • Thursday, September 27
    • 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    • UM Counseling Center, 5513 Merrick Drive
  • Friday, September 28
    • 3:00-4:30 pm
    • Location: RSMAS Campus, room TBA

To register for an in-person QPR training, please email nkretsch@miami.edu. If your group (department, office, or student organization) would like to schedule its own QPR training, please complete this online outreach request form. Please specify that you are requesting a QPR training.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Faculty and staff can consult the Faculty and Staff Guide on how to support students in distress.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To access the Lifeline, call 1-800-2737-TALK or visit Lifeline Chat.

The Jed Foundation, Facebook and the Clinton Foundation have collaborated to create a tip sheet on how to recognize suicide warnings signs.