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Gatekeepers Offer Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training at UW

October 5, 2015

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week activities, the University of Wyoming Counseling Center will offer a Gatekeepers training session this week to educate students, staff and faculty members about the importance of suicide awareness and prevention.

The training will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 8-10 a.m. in the Wyoming Union East Ballroom. The goal is to promote help-seeking behaviors and reduce the stigma of seeking care for mental and behavioral health problems.

“Gatekeeper training is about talking to someone in crisis and getting them connected with help,” says Toi Geil, University Counseling Center assistant director. “The training is geared toward talking to college students who might be experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts, but really the training could be applicable in a variety of situations where students or non-students are in significant emotional pain.”

The training session will define warning signs and risks of suicide; define protective factors against suicide; and provide resources and skills to make referrals to professionals.

Wednesday’s session is open to all interested students, staff, faculty and community members. Registration is not required. 

For information about other programs being offered during Mental Health Awareness Week, visit the University Counseling Center website at

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