QPR Training

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Most individuals want to help save lives, but avoid talking about suicide because they are unsure of how to identity someone at risk or they are concerned about saying the wrong things or making a situation worse. Saving lives begins with learning what to do.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer—the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. The most widely taught gatekeeper training in the world, QPR is designed to help any and every one learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope, and help save lives. Participants will learn how to intervene with an individual at-risk, persuade them to get help, and guide them to the appropriate resources. 

The 2-hour QPR Training at Georgia Tech includes an hour of didactic instruction, followed by role play exercises, and time for questions and discussion. Take the first step in saving lives by signing up for a QPR training today.

Training for an Individual

Every semester the Tech Ends Suicide Together Initiative hosts several general campus trainings that are open to all members of the Georgia Tech community.

Fall 2020 Dates

*All QPR Gatekeeper training sessions will be held virtually using the Blue Jeans platform. A Blue Jeans link will be emailed to registrants prior to the training. Maximum of 35 participants for each training session.

  • Thursday, September 10, 11am-1pm (World Suicide Prevention Day)
  • Monday, September 21, 9am-11am (GT Suicide Prevention Week)
  • Wednesday, September 23, 12pm-2pm (GT Suicide Prevention Week)
  • Thursday, September 24, 10am-12pm (GT Suicide Prevention Week)
  • Tuesday, October 6, 1pm-3pm
  • Friday, October 23, 10am-12pm
  • Thursday, November 5, 2pm-4pm
  • Wednesday, November 18, 3pm-5pm
  • Tuesday, December 1, 11am-1pm
  • Monday, December 14, 10am-12pm

To learn more about the nationally-recognized suicide prevention gatekeeper training program, visit the website www.qprinstitute.com.

Register for a QPR Training Session

Training for a Group

If you are interested in getting a group trained please email endsuicide@gatech.edu to get connected with one of the Initiative’s QPR Instructors.


QPR Instructors for the Georgia Tech Community:
Name: Affiliation: Department:
Carrie Shepler Faculty Chemistry
David Bamburowski Staff Office of Faculty Affairs
Julia Rizzo Staff Counseling Center
Holly Shikano Staff Housing
Joeleen Akin Staff Athletics
Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman Staff Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE)
Denise Fair Staff Stamps Health Services
Katherine Ferguson Student Outdoor Recreation GA Tech; Mental Health Student Coalition
Mack Bowers Staff Counseling Center
Kristen Vossler Student Mental Health Student Coalition
Ross Young Student Peer Coaching
Dennis Schauer Staff Campus Chaplains
Morgan Burge Staff Campus Chaplains
Tammy McCoy Staff Center for Teaching and Learning
Nora Hamilton Staff Office of International Education
Justin Goveas Student Chemical Engineering
Jaydale Codrington-Poyotte Staff Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development
Kathryn Folk Affiliate/Chaplain Student Life
Amanda Planchard Staff VOICE
Peter Hauge Staff Counseling Center
Joi D. Alexander Staff Health Initiatives
Claire E. Hanson Graduate Student Peer Coaching; Biology
Daniella Noronha Student Peer Coaching; Math
Jessica Howard Staff GTPD
Gia Lockett-Hart Staff GTPD
Tim Sharples Staff GTPD