About This Program

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds in the United States and the second leading cause of death among college age students. Suicidal thoughts and attempts are even more common. The Counseling and Wellness Center’s Suicide Prevention and Education program is a campus-wide outreach and education program focused on the prevention of suicide.

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

The program model uses the QPR (for Question, Persuade and Refer) curriculum, nationally recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations as a “Best Practices” program.

The training is a 1 ½ hour interactive presentation incorporating the basic QPR core curriculum including myths regarding suicide, warning signs, how to inquire about suicide and refer to resources. Additionally, there is an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Informational handouts designed to be useful to participants in both their work and personal lives will be provided to program participants. The QPR presentation and materials are cost free.

Training for Campus “Gatekeepers”

The program goal is to train “Gatekeepers” (faculty, staff, and students) in how to effectively recognize and refer persons in distress to campus and community resources. A Gatekeeper is in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.
Gatekeepers learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three steps (question, persuade, and refer) with individuals in distress.

Requesting a QPR Gatekeeper Training

We would like to present this program to faculty, staff, students, and organizations across the University of Florida campus and can arrange the training at a time and place convenient for your group.

To schedule a date or ask questions about the QPR training, please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at 352-392-1575 and ask to speak with Dr. Meggen Tucker Sixbey.

In Crisis? Looking for help?

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a Lifeline Crisis Chat to help those who are thinking of suicide. You can also visit our Crisis & Emergency Services page for more information.

More Resources

More resources can be found on our Faculty & Staff and Friends & Family pages.

Consultation Services

Faculty, staff, parents, friends, and other concerned individuals can consult with the counselor on-duty if they believe a student is in distress and they are uncertain how to help.

Learn more about Consultations at the CWC.