QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention:

A McHenry County Community Initiative

A McHenry County Community Initiative

This initiative is supported by: Our Community Volunteer Instructors and




Question, Persuade & Refer

      We Can All Save A Life!

With sponsorship by the McHenry County Mental Health Board and The Community Foundation for McHenry County, QPR training for community groups, faith-based organizations, schools, youth groups, etc has been provided in McHenry County since 2015 and have trained over 8,500 residents.
NAMI McHenry County is the administrator and coordinator of this training.


What is QPR Gatekeeper training?

Much like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, the use of QPR  is designed to help individuals that take the gatekeeper training to save a life. QPR consist of these three skills:
Question... a person about suicide
Persuade... someone to get help
Refer... someone to the appropriate resources

In as little as one hour, individuals can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life. Presented by a certified instructor, each QPR training includes information on:

  • Statistics surrounding suicide
  • Common myths and facts associated with suicide
  • Language and terminology associated with suicide
  • Identification of the warning signs
  • Recognition of risk factors
  • Tips for asking the suicide question
  • Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
  • Resources available in the community

Each attendee will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, a Certificate of Completion, as well as resource information for treatment providers and support groups within their community.

Virtual QPR Community Training every 4th Thursday of the month. For more information visit https://namimch.org/education




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