Suicide Prevention

You can play a crucial role in suicide prevention on campus by recognizing warning signs and helping students get the support they need.

Why is suicide prevention training important?

According to national statistics:

  • 24,000 suicide attempts on college campuses occur per year nationwide
  • 1,100 completed college student suicides occur per year nationwide
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death of college students

How can I get trained in suicide prevention?

The Counseling Center offers Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training, a community-based, nationally recognized, and empirically grounded suicide prevention program for students, faculty, and staff.

It focuses on getting a distressed student or friend connected with additional support or referred for professional help. The Counseling Center has joined more than 160 colleges and universities in offering QPR.

What can I expect in QPR training?

QPR is intended to teach individuals who have contact with students (e.g., faculty, staff, friends) how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues.

It provides guidelines on to how to question a person about suicidal thoughts, persuade them to get help, and refer the person for help.

The QPR training is both educational and experiential, and includes:

  • An overview of national, state, and NC State-specific statistics regarding suicide
  • Myths versus facts
  • Identifying behavioral, verbal, and situational warning signs
  • Practicing concrete tools for helping someone in distress

QPR can also be tailored to your specific group (athletes, ROTC, Fraternity and Sorority Life, etc.).

Our goal is to offer ongoing training options for the general NC State student community as well as continue to partner with campus groups for targeted training.

What are NC State students and staff saying about QPR training?

The program has been overwhelmingly well received. Some comments include:

  • “I feel like I now know where to refer students in need or how to contact someone for assistance if needed.”
  • “This training is great and very informative! I will use this when interacting with students whom I am concerned will hurt themselves. I feel I have acquired better skills for working with students going through these issues.”
  • “I see myself using these skills in my personal life and in my role as a university staff member.”
  • “This training helps take away my fears of dealing with difficult situations.”
  • “The techniques for convincing someone to seek help were great!”

How do I register for QPR training?

We schedule frequent QPR trainings throughout the term. Please register online for these workshops. If you have any difficulties or questions, call the Counseling Center at 919.515.2423.

Faculty and Staff can register with the Violence Prevention & Threat Management office.

Please register for workshops by noon on the day of the workshop and check in a few minutes early.

How do I schedule QPR training for my group?

If you are interested in QPR training for your unit or student group, please email our outreach coordinator at for more information.

We request that you schedule a training at least two weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate your specific requests and arrange for one of our QPR trained staff to provide the training for your group.