Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-16: Learn to recognize the signs

By Robert Boos
Posted September 8, 2017

Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-16: Learn to recognize the signs

September 10-16 is national recognized as Suicide Prevention Week. Metropolitan State University is launching efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper trainings, 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.

Events are planned across several campus locations this week. Representatives from the Suicide Awareness Leadership Team will teach the warning signs of suicide and promote upcoming gatekeeper trainings at the following times and locations:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
  • 4 to 6 pm., Thursday, Sept. 14, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park.
  • Information on the warning signs of suicide and gatekeeper training will be available all week at the Midway location.

Gatekeeper training teaches individuals the warning signs of distress, how to respond, and how to refer the person to services. Two options are available, Kognito and Mental Health First Aid.

Kognito is a 45-minute online self-paced training for faculty and staff, and uses role-playing to teach 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 a LGBTQ module. Kognito can be accessed by going to The enrollment key for Kognito is “MetroState.”

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour in-person course for faculty, staff, and students, which teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use related crises, and how to recognize a problem, give reassurance, and refer them to seek professional help. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Library and Learning Center,  Room 310. Register at this link on

Contact Cassandra Shaker ( with questions.