QPRlogo2QPR – Suicide Prevention

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Trainings for Suicide Prevention are now available in San Diego County.

QPR is designed to give members of the general public the basic skills necessary to recognize the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. As CPR is for the heart, QPR is for the mind. We are happy to share that over 9,000 San Diego residents have been trained in QPR. A big thanks to our volunteer trainers who continue to offer this valuable suicide prevention training to members of our San Diego community.

The QPR Gatekeeper Trainings are funded by the County of San Diego HHSA, and are offered at no cost to attendees on behalf of the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council.

As of June 30, 2016 more than 10,000 San Diegans have been trained in QPR.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper, you will learn to:

  • Recognize warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

Audience: Anyone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide: parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others.

Training Length: 1 to 1.5 hours

Cost: FREE

To Schedule a Training, contact Lora Cayanan at 858-609-7971 or



Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training or ASIST Workshops for Suicide First Aid are conducted biannually in San Diego County. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

ASIST provides practical training for those seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST workshops are open to everyone at any skill level. As of December 4, 2015, more than 140 individuals have been trained in ASIST. We thank all of our ASIST trainers for their hard work.

ASIST workshops are funded by the County of San Diego HHSA and Kaiser Permanente.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations for help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Assess the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with local resources.

Audience: Anyone aged 16 and older. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST.

Training Length: Two-full days

To learn more, please contact Lora Cayanan at 858-609-7971 or

“In a world where suicide has become prevalent, I think it’s worthwhile to learn how to interact with a person who is contemplating suicide. I know that a real life situation can be much more complex than the hypothetical scenarios we have created, but I am very glad to have a framework in my mind to help people in severe mental distress.”


GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) Trainings are designed for educators to help create safe spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. As of December 1, 2015 there have been over 70 educators that have completed the GLSEN training.

GLSEN trainings are funded by the County of San Diego HHSA , Kaiser Permanente, and the San Diego County Office of Education.


  • Current federal and state laws that address bullying and harassment
  • How to play a part in taking a stand against bullying and harassment in schools
  • The meaning of becoming an “ally” to LGBT youth
  • How to comply with the Fair Education Act, SB 48, which mandates the contributions of LGBT people into the curriculum

Audience: Middle and High School Educators

Training Length: 3 hours

Cost: FREE

To learn more, please contact Lora Cayanan at 858-609-7971 or