Question, Persuade, Refer
What Is Question, Persuade, Refer?
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is an online suicide prevention intervention that trains people in the community as well as professional gatekeepers to recognise and respond positively to someone exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviours. QPR training is designed to detect people who are in the thinking or ideational phase of making a suicide plan. QPR training may also enable natural helpers in the community to identify people at risk who have already made one or more non-lethal attempts.
The course includes training on how to ask someone if they are thinking about ending their life, how to have a conversation with someone who may be at risk of suicide, as well as how to find them professional help.
Who is QPR for?
Anyone who wants the skills to be able to recognise someone who may be exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviours, and then intervene appropriately.
QPR is for natural helpers in the community such as teachers, hairdressers, healthcare professionals, carers, friends and families.
While informative for mental health professionals, the course and content is targeted at audiences with no assumed knowledge of mental health or suicide prevention, and aims to provide them with the skills to connect someone at risk with professional support.
What is involved?
QPR online takes approximately 60 mins to complete and can be completed over multiple sessions. In addition, an individual who has finished QPR can continue to access the program for 3 years to refresh their skills and knowledge.
As part of LifeSpan, The Black Dog Institute has adapted the USA course to the Australian context, with amendments made to language, statistics, and adding Australian support service information. The Australian version of QPR is currently only available through the Black Dog Institute.
The following content is delivered through a mixture of videos, written content and quizzes:
- Review of common myths and misconceptions about suicide
- Warning signs of suicide
- How to ask someone whether they are experiencing suicidal ideation
- How to persuade someone to stay alive
- How to refer individuals to appropriate professional help
A printable QPR booklet which has been clinically reviewed by the Black Dog Institute is also made available to trainees to download, providing more detailed reference materials and guidance.
QPR has been evaluated in a variety of settings including schools, universities, as well as with clinical and non-clinical staff. Undertaking the training has led to participants having increased knowledge about suicide, improved intention to intervene, and higher confidence in helping someone identified as being suicidal. In addition to the supporting evidence-base, a significant benefit of QPR is its brevity, low cost, and accessibility.
Be a part of the change!
QPR is currently being implemented in our NSW and ACT LifeSpan Trial Sites, as well as some of the National Suicide Prevention Trial Sites across Australia that are implementing a systems-approach to suicide prevention.
As part of our LifeSpan Community Engagement activities, the Black Dog Institute is asking as many people to sign up and complete QPR training online to create the widest community safety net for suicide prevention in Australia. The more people trained to recognise and respond to suicidal thinking and behaviours in our communities, the more chance we have of reducing the suicide rate across the country.
QPR in our trial sites:
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