QPR for First Responders: Police Officers, Ambulance Professionals, and Firefighters


5 hours


9 lessons


Taught by Paul Quinnett, PhD

You will receive the access key to the course within 24 hours of your purchase.

First responders have frequent contact with those at risk of suicide, both in the publics they serve and within their own ranks. Learn what you can do to identify and respond effectively with evidence-based life-saving skills.

Preventing deaths by suicide may be part of the first responders job, but this training program’s focus is not only on preventing suicide deaths in the community where you work, but among your colleagues, friends, family, and co-workers.

First responders continue to die by suicide at unacceptably high rates. The need for a peer workforce trained and able to recognize suicide warning signs and intervene quickly with safe and effective evidence-based interventions is clear.

Designed to prepare first responders to deal effectively with those in a suicide crisis- and especially their peers - this training program is designed to produce a kind of “super gatekeeper” able to do much more than recognize and refer someone in crisis. Rather, the course includes mastering specific science-based intervention skills known to cool down the temperature of a crisis, and immediately reduce the risk of a suicide attempt.

Through a mix of interactive, robust, multimedia, evidence-based and evidence-informed scenario-based training experiences, participants are prepared to detect suicide risk and immediately intervene with science-based risk mitigation and management strategies.

Following WHO recommendations, and by using the technology transfer of science-based best-practices knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities, the training program targets participants in peer support roles, helping professions, first responders, and non-professional natural helpers.

What this training program is not:

This training is not a substitute for a college degree in counseling or other helping profession, nor can it provide the face-to-face supervised experience students need to polish their skills.

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

Describe suicide as a major public health problem and burden of suffering
Identify their own personal reactions to suicide
Use proper terminology to describe suicidal behaviour
Be familiar with suicide language use sensitivities
Explain the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
Identify unique verbal, behavioural, and situational suicide warning signs
Recognize the coded nature of suicide warning signs
Describe risk factors and protective factors for suicide
Describe the relationship of mental illness and substance abuse to suicide
Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in helping others
Show increased intent to act to intervene with those at risk
Explain how to detect, engage, and assist those in crisis
Conduct a deep listening guided interview with someone in crisis
Engage supportive third parties in setting up a risk management plan
Describe means reduction and how to reduce access to lethal means
Carry out a means reduction intervention in role-play
Describe a safety and/or referral plan and know how to develop one
Understand and employ the caring contacts intervention
Engage in an interactive and helpful conversation with the loved ones or family members of someone who has died by suicide
Define and describe postvention and steps to take to reduce suffering
Complete multiple scenario-based simulations to demonstrate skill mastery


Please note that our courses are not certified for Continuing Education (CE) credits. Online courses do not come with the supervision necessary to practise in real life situations. Participant accounts will remain active for one year from the date of purchase, allowing ample time to complete the course.

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