The Counseling and Wellness Center’s Suicide Prevention & Education program is a campus-wide outreach and education program focused on the prevention of suicide through training.
If there is an immediate threat to self or others, you are strongly encouraged to contact 911. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, visit CWC’s Suicide Prevention Resources for help. For all urgent mental health needs, visit our Crisis Services page.
Group Training: QPR
Our program model uses the QPR (for Question, Persuade and Refer) curriculum, which is nationally recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations as a “Best Practices” program for suicide prevention training. The QPR training and materials are free.
The program goal is to train Gatekeepers (faculty, staff, and students) to effectively recognize and refer persons in distress to campus and community resources. Faculty, staff, and students are ideal Gatekeepers since they are in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. By the end of the QPR Training a Gatekeeper should be able to recognize the warning signs of suicide and apply three steps (question, persuade, and refer) with individuals in distress.
About the Training
This training is a 1 ½ hour interactive presentation incorporating the basic QPR core curriculum. The course covers myths regarding suicide, warning signs, and how to inquire about suicides. The course also includes an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Informational handouts, useful to participants in both their work and personal lives, are provided to program participants. The course also refers you to other suicide prevention resources.
Requesting a Training
This training is available to faculty, staff, students, and organizations across the University of Florida campus. To request a training, complete this form at least 3 weeks prior to the date you’d like to hold the training.
If you have any questions about the QPR Training, please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at 352-392-1575 and ask to speak with Dr. Sunni Lutton.
Online Training: Kognito
Kognito, another training we offer, can help you notice when students show signs of distress, learn how to talk about these signs, practice sharing your concerns, and learn how to motivate your them to seek help. Learn more on the Kognito Online Training page.