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It is increasingly common that you will encounter students in distress. This can be a difficult experience. These trainings will help prepare you to respond, as well as introduce you to campus and community resources.

Suicide is everyone’s responsibility. You can help by learning the warning signs of mental health crises, on-campus and community resources, and connecting students in crisis with those resources.

Upcoming Gatekeeper Training

Suicide is everyone's responsibility. You can help by participating in gatekeeper training. Metropolitan State University currently has two training options.

Kognito- open to faculty and staff

Kognito is a 45-minute online, self-paced training 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 an LGBTQ module. Kognito can be accessed by going to The enrollment key for Kognito is "MetroState."

Mental Health First Aid- open to faculty, staff, and students

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-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, as well as how to recognize a problem, give reassurance and refer them to seek professional help.

If you are unable to attend, please email Cassandra Shaker to suggest another time.

In Distress?

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255


24/7 phone support is now available, by calling 651-793-1568. You can call for help with relationships, anxiety, managing stress, depression, and thoughts of suicide. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All services offered are confidential and free. Faculty, staff, and students can also call the line when they are concerned about a student.

Faculty or Staff

If you are a faculty or staff member and you are struggling with a mental health issue, help is available through the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, 1-800-657-3719.

Are you contemplating suicide?

If you, or someone you know, is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

If you are a veteran, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online on the Veteran Crisis Line website or send a text message to 838255.

If you or someone you know is in danger or needs immediate medical attention, please call 911.