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QPR Gatekeeper Training: Save a Life!

A primary goal of Emory Cares 4 U is suicide prevention on Emory’s campus. We believe that everyone should have a part in creating a community of caring on campus that promotes health and well-being and thus reduces people’s risk for stress, depression, and suicide. As a part of fostering this culture of caring, we are offering suicide-prevention gatekeeper training to any interested parties or groups of people. Specifically, we are providing QPR gatekeeper training, which is one of the best known, evidence-based, and comprehensive suicide- prevention programs. A QPR gatekeeper is someone trained to recognize someone at risk for, or experiencing, a suicide crisis and who further knows how and where to find help for a person in distress.

To receive FREE QPR training as an individual or group please contact Mahlet Endale, PhD at

Why get trained?

A large number of students thinking about suicide do not seek out mental health services. Instead, they turn to friends, peers, family members, partners, coaches, teammates, teachers, advisers, health care staff, clergy, and others. The person turned to could be you. Even if someone does not directly communicate their intention to harm themselves, you may be in a position to notice concerning behaviors. With QPR gatekeeper training, you can feel confident about helping that person and may even be the person who saves another student’s life. Learn how to ask a question and save a life.

What is QPR?

QPR stands for question, persuade, and refer. 

Q—Question the person about suicide.

P—Persuade the person to get help.

R—Refer the person for help.

In the first part of the training, you learn statistics regarding suicide, including statistics specific to Emory University, and how to recognize warning signs and suicidal behaviors. In the second part of the training, you learn how to ask whether or not someone is thinking about suicide (question), how to convince that person to get help (persuade), and then where and how to refer them for help (refer).

QPR is often compared to CPR. We do not train you to be a mental health professional or expect you to become a crisis expert. We only hope that you will learn to keep someone “emotionally breathing” until they can be referred for professional help.

We understand that this topic can be highly personal and often comes with lots of questions. So our trainers are flexible in their style to make sure everyone gets their needs met and feels comfortable implementing what they have learned after training.

How does QPR training work?