QPR - Suicide Prevention
What is QPR?
Question - a person about suicide
Persuade - someone to get help
Refer - someone to the appropriate resource
QPR is not a form of counseling or treatment, rather it is intended to offer hope through positive action.
By learning QPR, you will come to recognize the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communications of people in trouble, and gain skills to act vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy.
Much like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, the fundamentals of QPR are easily learned. As with CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, the use of QPR may save a life.
Who needs to know QPR?
If you are a professional caregiver, police officer, fireman, minister, priest, rabbi, school nurse, coach, teacher, youth leader, paramedic, high school counselor, case manager, volunteer or paid staff in any of a hundred different kinds of human service organizations, you very likely have had firsthand contact with suicidal people.
Everyone could benefit by learning QPR.
Description of QPR
The QPR method was developed specifically to detect and respond to anyone emitting suicidal warning signs. However, independent researchers and federal agencies who funded the original assessments of QPR have suggested that the QPR intervention could be useful in far broader applications.
When properly used QPR works from a foundation of knowledge, compassion and understanding. The resulting intervention may help detect a wide range of personal problems that should respond to professional assessment and care. Early intervention may well prevent the development of suicidal thoughts and feelings downstream from a current crisis.
Excerpts taken from QPR Institute booklet by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D.