Suicide Information & Prevention

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer - Suicide Prevention Program


Want to learn how to help someone who may be in distress or thinking about suicide? Get trained as a QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper. In just one hour you can learn skills that may help save a life. TTU offers numerous QPR suicide prevention training throughout the year.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) provides the life saving skills necessary to effectively and directly ask someone if they are suicidal, persuade them to get help, and refer them to the appropriate professional. The State of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville have adopted QPR for training in suicide prevention and education.


Psychological autopsies of individual who committed suicide show that they did communicate, subtly or overtly, to people in their lives about their thoughts of suicide, but usually didn't seek mental health services. Due to the sensitive nature of the issue, people often are afraid to broach the topic for fear of saying the wrong thing.

 QPR Gatekeeper Training

If you would like to be trained - or to request to have your department, division, unit or organization trained - in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), please contact Dr. Christina Mick at 931-372-3331 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule a QPR Gatekeeper Training Session.

QPR Gatekeeper Training is best done in a 90 minute training session.  This allows sufficient time to present the material, answer questions and apply newly acquired skills.  While training can be accomplished in 50 - 60 minutes, it is strongly recommended that a full 90 minute training session is scheduled.  This promotes a better understanding of and confidence in utilizing QPR Skills.


Upcoming QPR Trainings

 MAY 1, 2014 @ 11 am in the TECH PRIDE ROOM



To request a QPR Gatekeeper or Suicide Triage Training for your department, unit or organization, please contact Dr. Christina Mick at 931-382-3331 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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