Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training - Spring 2017

January 17, 2017

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Ask a Question, Save a Life

Over the last few years you may have become acquainted with the Look for the Signs App (for students) or the mental health guides (for faculty/staff/GSIs) 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

Spring 2017 Training Dates


Psychological First Aid Training

When tragic events happen in our UC Berkeley community faculty, staff and GSIs are often called upon to offer support to students impacted. This 1.5 hour course will help you to learn the basic skills necessary to provide common sense support after a tragedy, such as a student death. The course will also address CPS response and how faculty, staff and GSIs can collaborate with the Tang Center. This is a "pilot" course and is being offered as a way to help increase the supports campus provides in the aftermath of a tragedy and help the community begin to heal.

Spring 2017 Training Date:


Please email Aaron Cohen, PhD at acohen@berkeley.edu with any questions.