Support and Training for Colleges and Universities


SPCNY has partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) System to provide two resources for colleges and universities:

  • Crisis Text Line (Text ‘Got5U’ to 741-741)
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) online training

These resources are free and available to all New York State college and university students, faculty, and staff!

For other resources and information for those affiliated with SUNY  institutions, click here.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line LogoCrisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 texting service for people who may be in distress.
Anyone from the higher education community can text “Got5U” to 741-741.

Use this text line if you have feelings of depression, anxiety, or thoughts of suicide. Use it for issues related to substance use, relationships, domestic violence, school stressors, and/or anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.A social media graphic stating that it's okay to ask for help. Text Got5U to 741-741.









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Question, Persuade, Refer Training

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) teaches you how to recognize signs of emotional distress or signs that someone is struggling with thoughts of suicide. You’ll learn how to appropriately engage and connect people to resources. Anyone can practice QPR in any setting, and it is appropriate in all relationships. There is no need for clinical training , only a willingness to listen, care, and help.

Members of college and university communities can register at  Enter “SUNY” as the organizational code.

Please note:  You do not have to be a member of the SUNY community to access this training.  SUNY has generously granted access to all institutions of higher education in New York State.

What is Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)?

QPR is a one-hour training that teaches participants to recognize the signs of a suicidal crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help.  Like CPR, an emergency medical intervention, QPR is an emergency mental health intervention.

Key Components Covered in the Training:

  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal.
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide.
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior.
  • The warning signs of suicide.
  • How to get help for someone in crisis.

How to Take the QPR Training

  1. Create an account and register using the link below.
  2. Use the organizational code: SUNY
  3. After entering the organizational code, you will be asked to sign up with your name and email address.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email with username and password to log in and began the training.
  5. You will be required to complete a brief pre- and post-test.

Create an Account

Things to Know Before Taking the Training

  • This training program will take approximately one hour.
  • Speakers or headphones are required.
  • We recommend you turn off your popup blocker.
  • The training includes the following sections:
    • About Suicide
    • About QPR
    • Learn QPR
    • Things to remember
    • Quiz
    • Course Completion
  • You are in control of the training program and may stop and start it as you like. If you leave the program and return later, the program will return you to the beginning of the section you left.
  • Once you have completed a section, you may return to it at any time using the top menu-bar.
  • To complete the course, you must fill out a pre-course survey, post-course survey, action items, course evaluation, and pass a 15-item quiz. If you fail the quiz on your first try, you may retake it as many times as you like or retake any section of the training by clicking on the control links.
  • After completing the course, you will receive a personalized Certificate of Course Completion. This certificate may qualify for a variety of continuing education requirements.
  • Upon completion of the training, a copy of the QPR booklet and a wallet-sized, 3-part folding reminder card will be available for printing.

Other Course Information

  • Your User ID and password are valid for three years from the date of sign-up.
  • We encourage you to retake the core QPR lecture at least yearly. Please note that you have on-demand access to QPR online whenever you may need it.
  • Share this information with your campus by distributing this flyer.