Suicide has become an epidemic, not only in Pennsylvania but also throughout the United States. According to the latest statistics Center for Disease Control, 47,173 people died from suicide in the United States and over 1.2 million people attempt suicide. Suicides occur every 11 minutes, which equals 129 people per day, and is the 10th leading cause of death in this country. In Pennsylvania, the latest statistics show that 2,030 people died from suicide, and five people per day die from suicide. Statistics show that both the state of Pennsylvania and the United States have had a 33% increase in suicide since 1999. We believe that training and education can bring awareness and make a difference in the prevention of suicide. One such method is QPR Suicide Prevention Training. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPRs mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. This educational training empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know at home, in the workplace, or anywhere. A "Gatekeeper" is someone in the position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters and many others who are positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. QPRs Training Objectives include: discuss facts concerning Suicide and Suicide Prevention, recognize warning signs of those who may be thinking about Suicide, give information on how to ask the Question about Suicide, Persuade them to get help and Refer to the proper resource, and give resources concerning those who attempt suicide and surviving family and friends. Our goal is to train people from all different walks of life that are found in libraries. Because the incidence of suicidal thoughts and behavior are pervasive across age, gender, race, etc., this proposal will directly impact countless individuals, who attend libraries, as libraries are the communities in which we all live. In short, the more people trained in QPR, the more lives that we can save.

Project Details

Organization Name

Prevent Suicide PA

Organization Type
Community-based organization
Project Lead

Govan Martin

Start Date
November 1, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2020
Funding Amount
General Public