Question, Persuade, Refer Training

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)-is a certified suicide prevention training program that provides community education and engagement in addressing suicide. It is a gatekeeper training that teaches faculty, staff, and students the skills to recognize and support people who may be having thoughts of suicide. This training provides campus individuals with essential skills to prevent suicide. Through this training our campus community will become stronger and more able to help provide support to one another.

Benefits of QPR Training

In this certificate training program you will learn how to question a person about suicide, persuade the person to get help, and refer the person to the appropriate resources. QPR is not intended to be a form of counselling or treatment; rather, it is a community awareness initiative that helps prevent suicide.

You will also learn the myths and facts about suicide, skills for identifying warning signs and clues about suicidal thought, the steps for preventing suicide: Question, Persuade, Refer, and the social services that exist on campus and in the Edmonton community for people struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Upcoming Sessions

QPR Training is open to all students, staff, and faculty at the U of A. If you are signed up for the Community Helpers Program or have taken it in the past, you do not need to take a QPR training session separately - QPR training is included in the Community Helpers Program.

All training sessions are on North Campus unless otherwise specified.

Upcoming Sessions

Online Registration Opens

Wednesday, March 25, 2019
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Dates and times subject to change prior to registration.


For students: Learn about other training opportunities that focus on mental health and explore free drop-in workshops offered by Counselling and Clinical Services.

For faculty and staff: To learn about additional training and resources about mental health and how you can support students, visit Counselling and Clinical Services.