Community Suicide Prevention Training

Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention.

Many of us are in regular contact with people who are at risk of suicide without knowing it.

People who are experiencing suicidal thoughts may not be able to communicate their distress directly, and so warning signs may be missed or misinterpreted.

Training can provide people with the knowledge and skills to identify these warning signs, talk to that person about suicidal thoughts and connect them with professional care. Whilst there are many training programs that deliver skills in mental health awareness, Question-Persuade Refer (QPR) has the strongest evidence for building skills to help with a suicidal crisis

Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

QPR training will provide you with:

  1. knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal
  2. confidence to talk to them about suicidal thoughts
  3. connect them with professional care


Strategy Summary – Emergency and Follow-up Care

This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.

Training the Community to Recognise and Respond to Suicidality

This brochure provides community members evidence supporting the recommended interventions in LifeSpan.