QPR suicide prevention training: A California State University, Stanislaus students' perspective

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college aged individuals in the United States (CDC, 2014). In an effort to reduce suicide, the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training is being offered to the faculty, staff, and students on the California State University, Stanislaus campus. The purpose of this research was to evaluate whether the students are gaining suicide prevention skills and increasing their ability to take action after receiving the QPR training. This research examined the perspectives of the 74 CSU, Stanislaus graduate and undergraduate students who received the QPR training. Data were obtained from surveys that were completed and collected at the QPR trainings. Univariate and bivariate analysis were conducted to examine the changes in suicide prevention skills and actions reported before and after the QPR training. There were significant increases in self-reported suicide prevention skills and actions after students received the QPR training. The research supports continuing to offer QPR training to CSU, Stanislaus students contributes to the suicide prevention efforts being made on campus. Future research should include follow up surveys including open-ended questions to find what might be done to improve the QPR training.