A Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers
Campus Connect provides gatekeepers with state-of-the-art training that addresses more than just statistics and facts about suicide. Through the use of experiential exercises and frank discussion about participants’ own fears, Campus Connect prepares gatekeepers for the anxiety-provoking situation of interacting with a suicidal student, allowing gatekeepers to overcome the obstacles that often leave a student in crisis feeling misunderstood, judged, invalidated and dismissed.
Through connection, Campus Connect gatekeepers can assuage the feelings of isolation of a suicidal student and allow the student to more fully benefit from referral and connection to professional resources.
Designed specifically for a college/university community, Campus Connect is an experiential training focused on enhancing gatekeepers’ knowledge, awareness and skills concerning college student suicide prevention. Beyond increasing gatekeepers’ knowledge about students in a suicidal crisis, emphasis is placed on developing empathic listening skills, communication skills and the ability to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts. Moreover, through increased awareness of their own emotional reactions, Campus Connect gatekeepers are able to more effectively respond to students’ emotional needs and increase the likelihood of a meaningful connection with appropriate professional resources. In addition to enhanced ability in responding to students in a suicidal crisis, the skills learned in Campus Connect training will enable gatekeepers to respond caringly and effectively to students experiencing a wide range of emotional crises.
Campus Connect is a two-to-three-hour, interactive training program designed for use with a wide variety of campus personnel (e.g., faculty, residence life staff, academic advisors, health center staff, etc.). A Campus Connect gatekeeper training session includes:
- Review of college student suicide statistics and facts
- Discussion of suicide myths and warning signs
- Instruction on how to ask students if they are thinking about suicide and how to refer students to mental health professionals
- Review of effective communication and relationship-building skills
- Discussion of typical emotional reactions experienced both by students in crisis and responding gatekeepers
- Participation in four experiential exercises
- Participation in a guided group role play
Trainings are offered on request. Please contact Julia Loewenthal to learn more and set up a training for your department.