GRCC offers QPR training

Want to make a difference?

We’ve all noticed a student, faculty, staff or friend who might seem down or appear to be struggling with life. You can make a difference by asking questions and referring that person to resources.

QPR … Question, Persuade, Refer  is called the “gate keeper training,” and we are bringing it to GRCC. QPR is used to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. It is believed that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps 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. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

We are offering five one-hour QPR training sessions. If you are interested, please RSVP through Staff Development at :

  • Feb. 21 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 22 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • March 9  9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • March 22  5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • March 24 1:00-2:00 p.m.


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