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COPE Crisis Hotline: 1-800-542-2673


Suicide Prevention


Suicide is a national problem and the third leading cause of teenage death. We know that the risk of suicide decreases if those closest to an individual in crisis recognize the warning signs and know how to help. We offer several suicide prevention programs designed to increase public awareness of the signs of suicide and offer practical strategies on how to respond. Suicide is preventable, but it is critically important to act quickly.

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer)
QPR Gatekeeper training is a one- to two-hour program that teaches participants three simple skills to avert suicide and save a life: Question, Persuade, and Refer. QPR training also increases awareness of suicide as the most preventable cause of death. It helps dispel myths and misconceptions, teaches warning signs, and discusses emotional reactions to suicide.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Workshop
This workshop, a two-hour exploration in suicide awareness, is organized around the question "Should we talk about suicide?" It provides a structure where session participants can safely explore some of the most challenging issues about suicide, and it encourages each person to find a way to help prevent suicide.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
ASIST, a two-day training program, is for those who are in designated helping roles (such as school counselors, school psychologists, teachers, school social workers, and school nurses) and others who may have a strong interest in preventing suicide. The program helps participants assess suicide risk and provide immediate intervention.