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Question, Persuade, Refer – Suicide Prevention

In-Person Training

2 CE Hours

“Question, Persuade, Refer – Suicide Prevention”

Christopher Edward, QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer, TSPN Southeast Regional Director

Event Date & Time

Friday, December 2, 2022
11:30am – 2:00pm EST
(Lunch will be provided from 11:30am-12pm)


207 Spears Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37405

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) helps both professionals and lay care givers become more comfortable, competent, and comfortable when dealing with persons at risk. Participants learn how their own attitudes about suicide can affect their efforts to help. They gain the knowledge and skill to recognize and estimate suicide risk, and learn how to intervene through role-playing and supervised simulations. Lastly, participants learn how to create crisis networks out of existing local resources.


  • Gain an overview of current suicide data and trends nationally and locally
  • Learn to detect verbal, behavioral, and situational clues for potential suicide risk
  • Hone the skills of asking if someone is suicidal, persuade them to get help, and offer appropriate resources
  • Acquire an understanding of how the new 988 rollout is operating locally

About the Speaker(s)

Christopher Edward, QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer, TSPN Southeast Regional Director

Chris Edwards’ journey to TSPN was long and arduous but sculpted him into the person he needed to be to make a difference. After accomplishing his undergraduate education from UTC, he sought out the American dream and launched his own marital arts school. This produced much joy and impacted the Chattanooga area positively. He taught classes, workshops, and seminars that gave confidence to the fearful, fitness to the out of shape, self-defense to the helpless, and empowered those without direction. Sadly, after many years he had to close his doors and this left him in a dark place, struggling with hopelessness. This experience taught him to dig deeper in his faith, engage in resiliency to try again, and realize there is always hope.

Chris has also served in ministry for the last 18 years, 10 of which as an Associate Pastor. He has worked with inner city youth, lead volunteer teams, managed community outreach events, and provided pastoral care for those struggling spiritually. He has led bible studies, preached sermons, performed weddings, and funerals with the foundation of providing hope. His passion began to shift towards suicide prevention which led him to join the U.S. Army Reserves as a Chaplain Candidate. He began pursuing a Master of Divinity in fulfilment of the requirements to complete chaplaincy training. He is on a mission to be there for soldiers struggling to offer a judgement free compassionate support.

He brings a unique perspective to TSPN with more than 6,000 hours of public speaking, a vast array of leadership experience, multiple martial arts black belts, 2 World Records, published his own book, and brings a calm, yet confident presence to even the most stressful situations. He is committed to building partnerships with community stakeholders to collaboratively eliminate suicide in Tennessee and ultimately bring hope to the hopeless.

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