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Free suicide prevention training available for all UK students, employees

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2023) September is National Suicide Prevention Month. UK HealthCare’s Healthy Kentucky team and behavioral health leadership are working together to ensure that our employees, students, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

All UK staff, faculty and students are eligible to take a free self-paced online suicide prevention training called QPR. 

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — three steps anyone can learn to help save someone from suicide. QPR training allows individuals to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis.

Join the over 500 UK certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers who have taken this one-hour training that teaches how to offer support and ask questions that may save a life!

How can I sign up to take the QPR training?

  • Go to
  • Enter the organization code UK
  • Select Create Training Account
  • Complete and submit the registration form using your email address
  • Select Create Training Account
  • Log in to begin the training at
       In the OCCUPATION field indicate EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT
       In the ORGANIZATION field indicate your DEPARTMENT

QPR Suicide Prevention training is also available from UK Health and Wellness, as are mental health resources available, including a therapist who specifically deals with suicide prevention.

Here's the LINK for campus staff and students to become QPR certified.

If you or someone you know is in acute distress, you are worried about a friend or loved one, or need emotional support contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. You can call, text or chat 988. For more information, please click here.

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