CDPH Suicide Prevention Initiative

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis – call or chat 988

CDPH Suicide Prevention

CDPH Suicide Prevention Initiative

Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. Suicide and suicide attempts affect the health and well-being of friends, loved ones, co-workers, and the community. And suicide is a difficult topic to discuss - whether you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, know someone who is, or know someone who has lost a loved one.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is taking on suicide prevention by building community, connection, and knowledge. A team of diverse CDPH public health professionals have joined together to become certified Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Instructors through the QPR Institute to provide free in-person and virtual QPR Gatekeeper training in and across Chicago’s communities.

QPR is a recognized approach that trains everyday people from all walks of life to recognize suicide warning signs, take immediate steps to mitigate risk of a suicide attempt, and make referrals to competent professional care. QPR training is one way to build community, connectedness, and knowledge to understand the issues concerning suicide and mental health, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

QPR Training Schedule

The QPR Training Schedule will be updated on a rolling basis:


Norwood Park:








West Garfield Park:

If you would like to schedule a QPR Training, please inquire here

To start, CDPH is prioritizing in-person trainings in Chicago communities with the highest suicide mortality rates and for City employees. CDPH will continue to add trainings for the general public both in-person and virtually. Starting in fall 2024, QPR trainings will be made available to groups with higher suicide rates-- including youth, older adults, new mothers and caregivers, LGBTIQ+ community, and young black men-- and in other languages.

Are you experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about someone who may need crisis support?

Call or text 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or chat to get access to 24/7/365 crisis resources and confidential, free support from a trained professional.