Suicide and QPR

At times, university life can be very stressful and although we all utilize a variety of helpful coping mechanisms to deal with stress, the stress can become overwhelming.  If you feel that you may be at risk of hurting yourself, or feel suicidal, or know of someone who may be suicidal please speak to a staff or faculty member as soon as possible to ask for assistance.

  • Monday to Friday, 900-400 please call 250 807 9270 and identify yourself and your concern and you will receive immediate assistance.
  • Evenings and weekends call Campus Security at 250 807 8111.
  • Call 911 if the situation is urgent
  • Suicide crisis line available 24 hours a day at 1-800-SUICIDE (784 2433).
  • People in need crisis line is available at 1 888-353 CARES (353 2273) is the “people in need” crisis line

Many university staff, faculty and students have had training in QPR. This suicide awareness program is called QPR which stands for “Question-Persuade-Refer.”  This program teaches students, staff and faculty to recognize the warning signs, clues and suicidal communications of individuals in distress to act quickly to prevent a possible tragedy from suicide.


QPR is taught to students, staff and faculty throughout the year.  We encourage all individuals who are interested in this subject to attend a QPR teaching session. Please contact Health and Wellness to find out when the next QPR session is being taught or if you wish to arrange one for your department.

 Dr C Szostak’s 2013 Term 2 Psychology 361 class has created a suicide awareness brochure that can be downloaded here: