Question, Persuade, Refer
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. These are 3 simple steps that 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. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
Remember, we are only responsible for what we know at the time we know it, not for things we will learn later on.
So, if in doubt, act! Reach out! Don't wait! Do something!
Plan a time and place to ask the question. Ask questions like;
"Have you been very unhappy lately?" "Have you ever wanted to stop living?" "Are you thinking about suicide?"
Listen to what they have to say. Ask them: "Will you go with me to see a counselor?" "Will you let me help you make an appointment?" "Will you promise me...?"
The best referral is when you take this person to a professional yourself. The second best is when they agree to see a professional and keep the appointment. The third best is getting the person to accept help, even if it is for the future.
For more information, please visit the QPR Institute's website by clicking here!