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 Faculty/Staff Training
Mason CARES Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training serves as an option to achieve the Mason Advisor Certificate. More details pertaining Mason Advisor Certificate (MAC) Program please visit: http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/mac.php
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.