Question, Persuade, Refer certified suicide intervention program

Question, Persuade, Refer provides community education and builds awareness of suicide. 

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Learn how to recognize and support someone who may be having thoughts of suicide with Question, Persuade, Refer.


In this course, you'll:

  • Explore myths and facts surrounding suicide.
  • Learn to recognize and identify potential warning signs. 
  • Learn how to ask a person about suicide, persuade them to get help and refer the person to appropriate services.
  • Gain knowledge about on- and off-campus support.

This training is open to current UCalgary students, and staff and faculty who find themselves in a helping and supporting role. 

About the program

QPR is an evidence-based suicide prevention program used all over the world. It is not intended as a form of counselling or treatment, but rather it is a citizen-based response to suicide that can be used by anyone to help question people about suicidal thoughts, persuade them to get help and refer them to the appropriate professional resources. 

Get QPR certified today in one of our 2.0 hour sessions and help contribute to a stronger and more compassionate campus community. 

Have questions? Email our Community Training Coordinator. 

Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions for Fall 2020 (offered via Zoom webinar):

Thursday, September 10 from 12:00pm-2:00pm MST

Monday, September 28 from 3:00pm-5:00pm MST

Wednesday, October 7 from 3:30pm-5:30pm MST

Friday, October 23 from 10:00am-12:00pm MST

Tuesday, November 17 from 9:30am-11:30am MST

Thursday November 26 from 3:30pm-5:30pm MST

Friday December 4 from 1:00pm-3:00pm MST

*Online registration will open approximately 4 weeks prior to the training date