Would you recognize suicide risk if you saw it?

Question, Persuade, Refer Training

Safe Communities offers a free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life. QPR meets the requirements for listing in the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies (NREPP).

QPR is CPR for Suicide Prevention. QPR stands for:

  • Question the person about suicide
  • Persuade the person to get help
  • Refer them for help

Send us an e-mail for more information or free QPR training.

Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers

A gatekeeper is someone trained to recognize a suicide crisis and, because of their training, knows how and where to find help.

  • QPR gatekeeper training takes just one hour and is taught in a format that is clear, concise, and applicable for a wide variety of audiences. Gatekeepers are given information that is easy to understand, and reinforced by a QPR booklet and card complete with warning signs, methods to encourage a person to get help and a list of resources available in your community.
  • QPR recognizes that even socially isolated individuals usually have some sort of contact within their community (e.g. family, doctors, teachers, employer, banker, counselor, etc.) QPR teaches diverse groups within each community how to recognize the “real crises” of suicide and the symptoms that accompany it.
  • QPR addresses high-risk people within their own environments (verses requiring the individual to initiate requests for support or treatment on their own).
  • QPR offers the increased possibility of intervention early in the depressive and/or suicidal crisis (when the level of suicide may be less).
  • QPR encourages the gatekeeper to take the individual directly to a treatment provider and/or community resource.
  • QPR stresses active follow-up on each intervention that occurs.The individual trained in QPR often plays a preexisting role in the at-risk person’s life. This increases the sense of continuity, support likelihood of a positive resolution.

QPR Training Classes

No registration required. Class is free of charge.

Upcoming QPR Training Classes

“Thank you for this amazing training. It was very helpful to me and you presented difficult materials very well. I still can’t believe the number of suicides in Wisconsin. I would have never guessed. I am sharing this information with other groups.”


Lisa, QPR Class Participant



Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600


National Suicide Prevention Line:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
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Safe Communities is not a counseling or crisis center and does not provide direct services. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

our programs

We are currently focusing on three major program initiatives: 


Safe Communities is coordinating a Zero Suicide partnership that includes all area health care systems, as well as community organizations with a role to play in suicide prevention. The initiative is modeled after Henry Ford Health Care System’s program, which demonstrated an 80% reduction in suicide among health care plan members.


Safe Communities offers a free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life.

QPR is CPR for Suicide Prevention.


Safe Communities launched a replication of New Hampshire’s Project Connect Guns Shop Project in 2016. The program is promoted on Harvard University’s Means Matters website as a means reduction strategy.

Community Outreach Partners