Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death among college and university students. However, suicide is also one of the most preventable causes of death.
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 intervene effectively. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Fall 2015 QPR Workshops
Thursday, October 8
Charlton College of Business
Wednesday, November 4
MacLean Campus Center Conference Room (2nd floor adjacent to SAIL Office)
Workshops are free and open to UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.
Pre-registration is required; click here to register.
QPR workshops can be arranged upon request for UMass Dartmouth-affiliated groups, including academic classes, athletic teams, and student organizations. Workshops can also be requested for groups of faculty, staff, and administrators.
Email or call (508.910.6965) us for more information.
Workshops are facilitated by certified QPR instructors.
Online QPR Training
Online QPR Training is also now available to the UMass Dartmouth community. Follow these steps to access the online training:
- Click here.
- Enter UMD as our organizational code and click "Submit"
- On the next page, enter your name and UMass Dartmouth email address. (You must use your UMass Dartmouth email address to generate an account.) Once entered, an account will be created; check your UMass Dartmouth email for your account information, including your unique logon and password.
FAQs about the online training:
How long does the online course take to complete? Approximately one hour.
Can I stop and restart the course? Yes. You are in control of the training program and may stop and start it as you like. If you leave the program and return later, the program will return you to the beginning of the section you left.
How does the online training differ from the in person training? Both trainings will provide you with the core knowledge needed to recognize a mental health emergency and intervene effectively. The in-person training includes "hands-on" activities to further develop your intervention skills.
Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
Additional resource information is available here.