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QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Question. Persuade. Refer. These are three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.


QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide intervention program designed to help you have a conversation with someone having thoughts of suicide.

UBC offers QPR Training for students, staff, and faculty to help them recognize suicide warning signs, approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate health services, and connect the person to resources that will help resolve crises. 


Everyone is invited to participate

All students, faculty, and staff can participate in a QPR training session at UBC; there are no prerequisites. Training takes place in a group setting and usually takes two hours. While training will help you question, persuade, and refer, you’re not expected to become an expert.

It is especially important that during these unprecedented times, our community has access to resources to support and maintain their mental health and to support those around them. Public health measures to control COVID-19 have meant that training sessions will be delivered online, via Zoom, for the foreseeable future.

How to Get Trained in Suicide Prevention

There are two ways to engage in QPR training:

Get Trained at UBC Vancouver

1. Request a facilitator for your group at least 4 weeks in advance of your anticipated training date/time. The session is free of charge, thanks to the generosity of donors through the UBC Student Wellbeing Fund, and offered online through Zoom.

Please note: As we start the transition to creating a new suicide intervention training program, we will have limited capacity to facilitate sessions due to the lack of instructors. We will try our best to accommodate your requested date and time, but we ask that you remain flexible with your request.

2. As an alternative to our training, Living Works is offering online suicide prevention training for $27.95 per person (the cost will increase to $39.95 in January). Please visit the Living Works website here to sign up.

Get Trained at UBC Okanagan

1. For Students: Please contact Health and Wellness to find out when the next QPR training is being offered. For Staff/Faculty: See all upcoming training sessions at QPR Suicide Intervention Training. For additional questions, please email

2. As an alternative to our training, Living Works is offering online suicide prevention training for $27.95 per person (the cost will increase to $39.95 in January). Please visit the Living Works website here to sign up.

Why Become QPR Certified? 

Someone considering suicide will usually show warning signs or try to communicate that they need assistance. QPR Training examines the forms suicide communication can take to help identify someone who may be at risk. This is especially important in a university setting for anyone who has regular contact with students, staff, or faculty.


QPR Training teaches basic intervention skills and effective approaches to persuade someone at risk of suicide to seek assistance.


QPR Training will give you a better understanding of the resources available to refer someone to if they need help. Suicide is preventable. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention.

QPR saves lives by building attendees’ knowledge and skills to identify warning signs, reach out to someone at risk of suicide, and help connect them to resources. QPR increases the likelihood that someone experiencing suicidality will be noticed and will receive help.

Tips for Organizing Your Training & What to Expect
Please keep in mind the following when planning your training,
  • Set a date/ time that works for your team and have a few options to ensure a facilitator will be available
  • QPR is a 2 hour training session so ensure your group is available for the full time
  • Request a facilitator at least 4 weeks in advance of your anticipated training date/time
You can expect the QPR Facilitator to,
  • Facilitate an effective QPR session
  • Send the QPR e-book, certificates and comprehensive list of resources to the trainees after the session

It is free to attend a general QPR training session, and organized sessions for your department or group are available for a small fee. 


Are you having suicidal thoughts or worried about someone who might be?

If you came to this site because you are having suicidal thoughts or feelings, or you’re worried about someone else, we urge you to contact the resources below.

Access Resources


Upcoming training opportunities for students 

Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

If you would like to book a group session, complete the request form below

Request form

Upcoming training opportunities for Vancouver faculty and staff 

Future dates tbc

Learn more here


If you experience any difficulties when registering, please contact





QPR Suicide Prevention Training is offered by Human Resources, Health Promotion and Education (Vancouver), and Health and Wellness (Okanagan) to support the mental health and resilience of our community members. 

We all have a hand in shaping campus environments that support health, wellbeing, and sustainability. By championing wellbeing, we can build stronger and more inclusive communities at UBC and beyond.