QPR for mental health emergencies

Baby Your Baby - QPR for mental health emergencies
Talking about suicide can be uncomfortable – and it can be even more uncomfortable to ask a person if they’re thinking about suicide. But there are classes you can take to help you have these hard conversations. Think of it like CPR for mental health. Leah Colburn, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, has more information.

CPR for mental health is actually QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer. The class highlights these three key points to help guide you when you’re worried about a loved one’s mental health.


  • Ask the person if they are thinking about hurting themselves or killing themselves -- asking this question WILL NOT cause a person to hurt or kill themselves
  • It’s OK to be worried and ask when it comes to suicide prevention. Don’t worry about “being in people’s business”


  • Persuade the person to get help – and that there is hope
  • Say, I care about you, and I want you to get help, and I’ll stand by you


  • Sometimes accessing mental health services is challenging. Remember, help can come through professional counseling, a school counselor, or a family doctor
  • If you’re unsure of resources near you, call your insurance provider or 211, the United Way information and resource line

If the person is in danger, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. Or call the police.

Where to get more information on QPR classes: