QPR – Suicide Prevention Program

As a component of the NC State University Suicide Prevention Program(NCSU Suicide Prevention), the Counseling Center offers QPR Training.

Question, Persuade, Refer

North Carolina State University Counseling Center has joined over 160 colleges and universities in offering QPR, a community-based, nationally-recognized and empirically-based suicide prevention program to our campus.   QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer.  QPR is a brief training program for students, faculty and staff that focuses on getting a distressed student or friend connected for additional support or referred for professional help.

Why is QPR important?

According to national statistics:

  • 24,000 suicide attempts on college campuses occur per year nationwide
  • 1,100 completed college student suicides occur per year nationwide
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of college students

What are the goals of QPR?

QPR is intended to teach individuals who have a lot of contact with students (e.g., faculty, staff, friends) how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral and situational clues and provides guidelines as to how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, how to Persuade them to get help and how to Refer the person for help.

The QPR training is both educational and experiential and includes: an overview of national, state and NCSU specific statistics regarding suicide; the myths versus facts; identifying behavioral, verbal and situational warning signs; and practicing concrete tools in which to help someone who is in distress.  QPR can also be tailored to your specific group (Athletes, ROTC, Greek Life, etc.).

Since the program’s inception at NC State, we have offered this training to over 1700 students and there have been many opportunities for faculty/staff training through our Risk Assessment Case Managers office (http://vptm.ehps.ncsu.edu/training/).  Our goal is to offer on-going training options for the general NCSU student community as well as continue partnering with campus groups for targeted trainings.

What are NC State students/staff saying about QPR training?

The program has been overwhelmingly well received. Some comments have included:

“I feel like I now know where to refer students in need or how to contact someone for assistance if needed.”

“This training is great and very informative!  I will use this when interacting with students whom I am concerned will hurt themselves.  I feel I have acquired better skills for working with students going through these issues.”

“I see myself using these skills in my personal life and in my role as a university staff member.”

“This training helps take away my fears of dealing with difficult situations.”

“The techniques for convincing someone to seek help were great!”

Registering for a QPR training at the Counseling Center

We have frequently scheduled QPR trainings throughout the term. Please register online for these workshops. If you have any difficulties or questions, call the Counseling Center at 919-515-2423. Please register for workshops by noon on the day of the workshop and check-in a few minutes early in Student Health Center Room 2301.

Scheduling a QPR training event

If you are interested in QPR training for your unit or student group, please email our Outreach Coordinator for more information: abjohns2@ncsu.edu


We request AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR EVENT DATE. We will do our best to accommodate your specific requests and arrange for one of our QPR trained staff to provide the training for your group.