September 6, 2016

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Ask a Question, Save a Life

Over the last few years you may have become acquainted with the Gold Folder or the Look for the Signs App to assist you in helping someone in distress. One component of that help is understanding when a student may be in danger of suicide. Counseling and Psychological Services would like to offer you a unique training specifically to support students who may be thinking about suicide. Each training is limited to 20 attendees. 

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps 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.

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

Counseling and Psychological Services is offering this one hour and 15 minute course specifically for UC Berkeley staff & faculty, held at the University Health Services. Slots are limited so please register quickly.

Staff/Faculty/GSI QPR trainings: 

Please email Aaron Cohen, PhD at with questions.