Certified QPR+ Pathfinder Gatekeeper Training


Separate editions for Working Professional and Youth/ Student Mentors

By finding people early in a developing mental health crisis and immediately applying interventions known to reduce personal distress, despair, hopelessness, and emerging suicidal behaviors, Pathfinders are trained to provide emotional support, understanding, compassion and interventions known to reduce suicide risk. Through their interventions, they may help avert the need for specialty mental health care, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations.


This is a rigorous 14-hour self paced online training program that is designed to build a new workforce of youth, young adults, adults and older adults who are competent and confident in their abilities to help others survive the life-threatening crisis of suicide and help set them on a path to better mental health.


Designed to produce community-based mental health first responders able to deal effectively with people in a crisis of suicide, the training is built upon an evidence-based public health program that has been used to successfully train more than five million people over the past 20+ years. Thus, Pathfinder training is designed to produce a kind of “super gatekeeper” able to do much more than recognize someone in crisis and refer them to a professional. In one role, they will be qualified to handle task sharing services shifted to them from mental health professionals, thus freeing up mental health providers to handle more severe or complex problems.

Student/ Peer Mentor participants completing the Youth and Young Adult edition of the course should be able to:

Support youth at special risk for suicide, including LGTBQ
Define and identify youth who may be experiencing first episode psychosis
Describe suicidal behaviors in young children
Recognize the role of bullying as a risk factor and complete a role-play
Carryout multiple practice role-plays demonstrating the skills taught

Employed Peer Mentor participants completing the Adult and Older Adult edition of the course should be able to:

Describe basic QPR Theory, Research and Practice
Identify categories of serious mental illness and their relationship to suicide
Know and identify the names and types of evidence-based Interventions for suicidal behaviors
Outline and describe best practices in the assessment and management of those at risk for suicide in late-life

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

This is NOT a train-the-trainer program.
The SPIF/ QPR Institute DOES NOT vet or otherwise qualify students for this course

If you are from India or South/ Middle East Asian region and would like to enrol into any of the above courses at a subsidised price, email us at gatekeeper@spif.in

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