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QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer; the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The QPR Institute mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. Quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. 

To become a “QPR Gatekeeper” you will need to attend a training of approximately 90 minutes. QPR training is available to students, faculty and staff. Certification is valid for three years.

Future training sessions will be sent in upcoming Cowell Center newsletters. Should a department wish to offer a specific training session, please email

Questions can be directed to

Facilitators Email
Ashleigh Pezzoni
Ashley Harden
Carol Cobb
Chan Thai
Cory Gong
Heather Dumas-Dyer
Jennifer Weller
Jenny Girard Malley
Jessica Johns
Justin Filiaggi
Krystle Jozen Dario
Matthew Duncan 
Meredith Lierk 
Michah Lattanner
Mythri Jegathesan
Raisa Velaquez Bonet
Rami Mohamed
William Troche
Zachary Davis