The QPR for Sports Coaches and staff is intended to help you prevent suicide not just among athletes, but among employees, colleagues, co-workers, friends and family members.
QPR training is a universal intervention for persons experiencing a potentially life-threatening mental health emergency and, like CPR, can be carried out by anyone trained in its use.
International learners please note: Suicide rates for QPR online courses are US-specific. To determine suicide rates in your country, please visit the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide_rates/en/. Or, quicker still, simply Google your country’s name, and the words “rate” and “suicide” and you should arrive at a set of figures that will describe the scope of the problem in your country.
If your country has QPR offices, e.g., Australia, Ireland, or New Zealand, country suicide statistics are available from their web sites, as is support and additional training. Again, a Google search is often your shortest route.
Please remember that suicide rates need 5 to 10 year horizons to be of much value as to interpreting any changes in trend lines. But as we say, one suicide death is too many.
Sports coaches consider a very wide range of issues when preparing athletes; such as physical fitness, speed, stamina, strength and conditioning, flexibility, co-ordination, hydration and nutrition to name but a few. Perhaps consideration also needs to be given to the mental health and well-being of athletes when preparing them to perform under stressful circumstances.
As a person working with sports people you may be the one significant person in their lives, who spends more time with them than any other. By knowing your athlete you may also be the one person in whom they may confide in when in trouble or experiencing mental health difficulties. Therefore you may be in a position to detect, screen, identify and refer at risk sports people to appropriate qualified professionals for support and treatment.
An investigation of the impact of a coach the coach project with Australian rural football club leaders as mental health advocates, found that following training in mental health first aid that 50% of club leaders who did the training showed increased capacity to recognise mental health difficulties in others and 66% said they had greater confidence in responding to others. They reported the training built on existing skills and fulfilled their perceived social responsibilities and empowered them.
The mission of the QPR Institute is to:
Raise public awareness about suicide and its prevention.
Provide affordable, accessible, evidence-based training to lay persons who may be able to prevent a suicide.
Provide advanced suicide prevention training to a wide variety of healthcare and other professionals, including sports coaches.
Reduce morbidity and mortality of suicidal people across the age span.
As of this writing in early 2017, the Institute and its faculty have trained almost three million gatekeepers worldwide. In addition, thousands of clinical health care providers have been trained in how to detect, assess, manage, and treat suicidal consumers.
Program Background and Purpose
Program Background and Purpose
We believe that all coaches need to know as much about mental health and suicidal behaviors and how to intervene to reduce risk and enhance safety as is reasonably possible. To this end, the online program you are about to take is intended to train you in the knowledge and skills you will need to protect athletes from suicidal self-directed violence.
As many coaches have lost colleagues, student athletes, and even family members to suicide, this training program is also designed to help create a safer world not only in our sports club, team, workplace or community, but in our personal lives. Taught to well over two million people by the end of 2015, QPR training works as a universal intervention for all people in distress. Not everyone you may ask about suicidal thoughts will have them, but many people are still in crisis will need help and behavioral health evaluation, perhaps even treatment.
We know that coaches and their staff are in frequent contact with athletes who may at risk of suicide. Learning to recognize and respond to possible suicide warning signs, and how to facilitate a competent referral and follow-up is key to preventing suicide.
What this training program is not
This training is not a substitute for a college degree in counseling or other mental health profession, nor can it provide the face-to-face supervised experience those in the helping professions are provided in the course of their professional career development. The program does not teach suicide risk assessment skills. Suicide risk assessment training is provided in other QPR Institute programs.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age
If employed by, or volunteering for, an organization, participants agree to accept all expectations and employment rules of their parent organization
The QPR Institute does not vet or otherwise qualify students for this course.
The Training Program
Modularized in a rich mix of text, video, voice-over PowerPoint™ lectures, interactive practice sessions, and other state-of-the-art interactive and e-learning technologies, the QPR for Sport Coaches training program provides a dynamic introduction to suicide risk detection, intervention, means restriction, referral and follow up.
At the end of training participants should be able to:
Understand suicide as a major public health problem ,
Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
Identify unique verbal, behavioral, and situational suicide warning signs
Recognize and respond to someone in distress who may be at risk of suicide
Know how to inquire about suicidal intent and desire
Recognize at least three suicide warning signs
Recognize at least three risk factors for suicide
Recognize at least three protective factors against suicide
Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and intent to act to intervene with suicidal athletes and others
Know how to engage and assist a suicidal colleague or co-worker
Describe "means reduction" and life-saving action steps
Know materials, phone numbers, and referral resources
Understand the nature of suicide and describe at least one theory of suicidal behavior
Describe and locate major suicide prevention web sites and online resources
Demonstrate increased knowledge about suicide and its causes
Engage in an interactive and helpful conversation with someone who has attempted suicide
Engage in an interactive and helpful conversation with the loved ones or family members of someone who has died by suicide
Individual certificate pricing:
Certificate of Course Completion (6 hours)
2 - 10
10 or more
Our courses should qualify for continuing education for most professions.
Counselors: The QPR Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is
responsible for all aspects of the program.
Nurses: Varies with state or organizational membership.
Physicians: Application for CME pending.
Note: Since many professions have their own continuing education credentialing and certification processes, please submit the course description and required hours to complete to your own accrediting body for approval. Or, we are happy to provide reviewer access to any of these courses to make their own determinations.
Reviewer Access and for questions about CEs: Please contact Brian Quinnett, National Training Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for complimentary review access.