Carnegie Mellon University

COPE Trainings & Workshops

Any student, faculty or staff affiliated with CMU can request COPE services. We can consult with you to help you decide how to best meet your needs. We can also help by tailoring a training or workshop to fit the needs of your department or group.

Throughout the academic year, we receive a large number of requests. We recommend submitting programming requests at least 2 weeks prior to your event date. If we cannot meet your request, we can likely be helpful in exploring alternative options.

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR is a two-hour suicide prevention training designed to educate the audience on warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. The process follows three steps: (1) question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) refer the person to appropriate resources. QPR training is accredited by the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies.

Fall 2019 Training Dates:

Spring 2020 Training Dates:

  • Friday Jan. 24th, 2-4pm
  • Tues Feb 18th, 5-7pm
  • Thurs March 19th, 12-2pm
  • Wed April 22, 5-7pm
  • Mon May 18th, 2-4pm

MHFA: Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an eight-hour, nationally-recognized training which teaches audience members how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. This training is offered once a month in collaboration with Health Promotion.

Fall 2019 Training Dates:

How To Help A Friend

This 90-minute training is offered to students, faculty and staff to educate about the signs of distress and when, how and if to intervene. We can customize the content and length of the training to the needs of the audience.

Request this TRAINING

CaPS 101

CaPS will provide an overview of services, address myths about waiting times, discuss how to refer or access services and answer any questions you may have. The length of this training varies depends upon need.



Kognito is interactive role-play simulation for students, staff and faculty and builds awareness, knowledge and skills about mental health and suicide prevention. Users are introduced to a virtual coach to learn about physiological distress, how it impacts a person and how to intervene when appropriate. You can access the link as many times as you need and do not have to finish the simulation in one sitting. The simulation takes less than one hour to complete.

Kognito will be available to the Carnegie Mellon community soon. Learn more about Kognito on its website.