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Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
 September 2013


QPR Training Helps People  

Learn How to Save a Life


Each month, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay hosts an educational workshop where people can learn the warning signs of suicide and practical steps they can take if they know someone who may be at risk. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer.  Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, 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 first step of QPR is learning the right questions to ask a person who is having suicidal thoughts. If it appears that an individual may be at risk, the next step is to persuade the person to seek help. If the person is willing to be helped, they can be referred to receive assistance in their time of crisis.

The workshop is designed for "gatekeepers", people who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. Examples of gatekeepers would be nurses, ministers, parents, teachers, or office supervisors.

People who participate in QPR learn about the warning signs of suicide; the common myths and facts surrounding suicidal behavior; and what community and national resources are available.

The QPR Workshop is just one of a multitude of education initiatives the Crisis Center provides to the community. To learn more about upcoming educational opportunities, visit our events calendar by clicking HERE. You can also learn more about the Crisis Center by taking a tour. To see a schedule of upcoming tour dates, click HERE



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