Struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide or self-harm


It can be overwhelming to figure out where to turn for help, and many of us hesitate because we don't want to bother others with our worries and fears.  Every person should feel encouraged to reach out when they need a helping hand, even if it might seem hard.


But asking for help is not where the story ends.  In fact, it is not even where it begins. If you were in a restaurant and saw someone choking on their meal, would you politely wait until they asked for help before you performed the Heimlich maneuver? If you witnessed someone collapse in the street, would you keep your distance until they asked you to call 911? Of course not.


Asking for help is important. But our responsibility to our ohana, friends and co-workers begins well before the moment we hear, "Will you help me?" It is up to us to understand when someone may be silently suffering and equip ourselves to come to their aid before it is not too late.








QPR Institute Mission Statement

The QPR mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.


QPR Gatekeeper training can be set up right away for individuals, small groups or large groups; both in person or virtually. It is available to all kinds of individuals, not just mental health providers.  QPR can help those in education, large corporations, government, clinical institutions or for the general community, to learn the signs of suicide in your ohana, friends and co-workers. Someone you know could be experiencing serious thoughts of suicide.  Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained as QPR Gatekeepers learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.  In this 90-minute training you will learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and know how to get help and save a life.


QPR meets the requirements for listing in the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies (NREPP). Official QPR training outcomes as determined by independent research reviewers of published studies for National Registry of Evidence-based Practice and Policies found that trained gatekeepers have increased knowledge, confidence and gatekeeper skills per these measures:


  • Increased declarative knowledge

  • Increased perceived knowledge

  • Increased self-efficacy

  • Increased diffusion of gatekeeper training information

  • Increased gatekeeper skills (ability to engage in active listening, ask clarifying questions, make an appropriate referral)

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