Metropolitan State University is launching efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper training, which teach participants to recognize signs of distress in people and to connect that person to helpful resources. You can help to prevent suicide at Metropolitan State University. Suicide prevention is all of our business, and everyone can play a role to help.

Training events are planned across several campus locations. Representatives from the Suicide Awareness Leadership Team and Metropolitan State's Creating Awareness Regarding Suicide (CARES) will teach trainees about the warning signs of suicide and promote upcoming gatekeeper training. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour in-person course for faculty, staff and students. It teaches attendees about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use related crises, as well as how to recognize a problem, give reassurance and refer them to seek professional help.

Three sessions and locations are offered for this training: 

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, Brooklyn Center (Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Center) campus. Includes one hour lunch break. Register at: mhfalecjec.eventbrite.com.

Kognito is a 45-minute online training course that uses role-playing to teach individuals how to recognize when a student is in crisis and refer them to the appropriate services. There is a general module, a veteran module and an LGBTQ module. Kognito can be accessed by going to www.kognitocampus.com. The enrollment key for Kognito is "MetroState." Both options count toward community faculty PDA credit.

E-mail cassandra.shaker@metrostate.edu with questions.