QPR - Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Many people who are suicidal want to live, but feel hopeless and unable to find another way to cope with their thoughts or feelings. The majority of college students who die by suicide are suffering from a mental health concern, most commonly depression. Identifying and treating mental health problems is especially important in suicide prevention. As a member of the Elon community, you may help prevent the tragedy of a suicide. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs, take those signs seriously, and respond appropriately.

QPR Training

Counseling Services is offering a one-hour, online suicide prevention training called QPR for all faculty, staff, and students. QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, is much like CPR; they are both basic strategies to keep a person alive until they can receive medical/mental health care. The training covers the following information:

  • Common myths and facts associated with suicide
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • Tips for asking the suicide question
  • Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
  • Ways of referring at risk people to local resources
  • Questions and answers

To access the online QPR training, follow the steps below:

  1. Open this URL: http://www.qprtraining.com/setup.php 
  2. Enter the organizational code: ELON  
  3. On the following page you will be asked to enter your name and email address. You must use your Elon.edu email address. This will create an account for you. You can then login and review the training.

If your group is interested in having a Counseling Services staff member facilitate a follow-up discussion to the online training, please contact Counseling Services at (336) 278-7280 to schedule.