"Unconditional caring inspires hope, and hope saves lives."
Paul Quinnett, The QPR Institute
OPCSMH is the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health. We used the evidence-based suicide prevention program QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) to provide peer-led Gatekeeper trainings on our local college campuses.
|Outcomes – OPCSMH Initiative||Any grant materials were developed in part by grant number 1U79SM060506-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.|
|Target Group||Students attending college in Wayne and Holmes Counties.|
|Performance Goal||Provide the QPR suicide prevention training to 300 college students, faculty, and staff within Wayne and Holmes Counties.|
|Baseline Outcome||Research has indicated the effectiveness of peer tutoring, stating that it can lead to significant achievement gains, improved relationships with peers, increased motivation, and improved social development. A peer tutoring method can be particularly effective in a college setting, where peer relationships are an integral part of the learning environment (National Education Association).|
|Unique Number Served||218|
|Current Outcome||15 Trainings done
126 Students trained
92 Faculty/Staff trained
|Other Factors||Winter brought many calamity days to Wayne and Holmes Counties and left some faculty members without enough class periods to host the group for a project.|
|Learnings||It is often most convenient for campus groups to convene in the evenings, after a day of classes has ended – so making sure that trainers have schedules flexible enough to accommodate this was crucial for this project. If incentives or refreshments were an allowable expense through funding (which was not an option for this project), that would also be a great way to recruit attendees at trainings and encourage more participation.|
|Anecdotes||“At each of our trainings, we make sure to provide the group with both the local crisis number and the national crisis hotline – since many college students return home on breaks to areas of the state where our local line would not be able to reach them. I received a call recently from a young woman who explained that she had attended one of our on-campus trainings, and upon returning home for summer felt that she needed to use the QPR method to see if a family member was feeling suicidal. She used QPR, discovered that her loved one needed help, and was able use the national crisis hotline to connect with local resources and save her loved one’s life.”|