Gatekeeper Training

Each year, approximately 1,100 college students die by suicide in the US. Research shows that peers talk to peers when in crisis. To support members of the Mason community in helping students access assistance, Counseling and Psychological Services at Mason offers Mason CARES (Campus Awareness, Referral and Education for Suicide Prevention), a two-hour “gatekeeper” training. This program informs participants of the warning signs of suicide and coaches them in how to talk about suicide with and respond to students in crisis as well as how to guide them toward obtaining professional assistance.

Mason CARES Gatekeeper training helps participants learn:

  • Why people attempt suicide
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • Myths about suicide
  • How to talk to a person about suicide
  • How to respond to a person in crisis
  • How to make a referral

Mason CARES Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Student Training


Student Registration: here

Student Training Flyer Download. pdf

Mason CARES Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Faculty/Staff Training


Faculty/Staff Registrationhere

Faculty/Staff Training Flyer Download. pdf

More details pertaining Mason Advisor Certificate (MAC) Program please visit:

Official Certificate of Completion

Participants who complete the training will receive a Certificate of Completion as a gatekeeper for suicide prevention at George Mason University.

Mason CARES Certificate

All trainings are held in SUB 1 Rm 3129, Counseling & Psychological Services

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

I Would Like My Certificate

These certificates are a new added feature of the Mason CARES G8Keeper Training. If you have already taken the training and would like to receive your Certificate of Completion, please fill out and submit the form below.