QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer)

Question…a person about suicide
Persuade…the person to get help and,
Refer…the person to the appropriate resource

QPR is intended to teach those who are in a position to recognize the warning signs, clues and suicidal communications of people in trouble to ACT vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy. The session can be taught in one hour in a school, workplace setting or CHADS' office. 

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:
• recognize the warning signs of suicide 
• know how to offer hope 
• know how to get help and save a life

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. Gatekeepers 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.

Contact Marian McCord at or 314.952.2046 to schedule a training. Please contact her at least four weeks in advance to the time would like to schedule.

View the QPR website for further information. 

*Programs are funded by St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund for children and families within St. Louis County. Some funding is available to cover programs outside of St. Louis County. For information email