QPR Gatekeeper Training

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What is QPR?

QPR stands for "Question, Persuade, and Refer".  It represents a public health-based suicide prevention program to teach people to:  recognize suicidal warning signs in others; persuade them to get help; and refer them to appropriate help resources.  QPR Gatekeeper training is very much like a CPR training program.  People become trained in a curriculum, practice what they learn, and then receive a certificate.

Who Designed the QPR Training?

Dr. Paul Quinnett of the QPR Institute in Spokane, Washington developed this curriculum and more advanced curricula for specialized groups such as health professionals and first responders.  His currciula are featured as evidence-based suicide prevention programs, registered with the national Evidence-Based Practices Registry.  Dr. Quinnett has been a strong ally to suicide prevention advocates in Alabama for many years.  You can look at his programs at:






Who do I ask if I have more questions?

ASPARC has several active team members working on QPR training.  You may contact:


Dr. David Coombs, President of ASPARC at dwcoombs2002@yahoo.com, or


Dr. Judith Harrington at harringtonjudith@bellsouth.net

What is a Gatekeeper?

A Gatekeeper is anyone from any walk of life who may metaphorically open the gate for someone at risk for suicide to get appropriate help.  A gatekeeper does not necessarily have to be a mental health professional.  It could be a friend, a neighbor, a coach, a teacher, a co-worker, an administrator, a religious teacher, a music teacher, a Boy Scout or Girl Scout leader, a hair stylist, and so on.  Everyone with training is a potential gatekeeper, just as everyone can become trained to be a CPR responder.

How Can I Sign Up?

There are two ways to obtain QPR Gatekeeper training.  Because ASPARC is a subgrantee of the federal Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant, we can provide QPR Training to groups at no charge (fees are covered through grant funding).  


Option 1: We (trainers) present the QPR training material through a PowerPoint presentation in person, and follow up with a practice session immediately after. This option takes about 2 hours for the entire training.  


Option 2: The other option is for trainees to learn the QPR training material via an online computer training session. We give each trainee an individual passcode for the training. Some groups with a computer lab or facilities to do computer training may prefer to have their trainees complete the on-line training together and then do the practice session immediately afterward in an on-site classroom or conference room.  Other groups may prefer that we issue passcodes to the trainees individually to take the online training at home or work.  Then, within 5-7 days of issuing the passcodes, we provide a live practice session with all of the trainees in one location.

How do I schedule a Training?

We will customize our gatekeeper training to your needs on a group-by-group basis.  Please contact one of us and we will make arrangements with your circumstances in mind.  Thank you for your consideration!

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If you need help or are having thoughts of suicide, please get help immediately by contacting:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1.800.273.8255