Outreach and Education

CCPH offers presentations on subjects of interest to Registered Student Organizations, faculty and staff, academic departments, and the larger UMass campus community. Topics might include:

  • Stress Management
  • Mindfulness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Self-Care
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Supporting student mental health and wellbeing
  • Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (see more info below)
  • Information on CCPH services, programs, and resources

If you are interested in having CCPH offer a presentation or attend your event, please complete the CCPH Outreach Inquiry/Request Form.


Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

CCPH offers free group suicide prevention trainings for the UMass Amherst campus community. Learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and what to do if you see them – you could save a life.

About the training:

The 'gatekeeper' model, developed at Syracuse University, focuses on training those who most directly interact with students. Experiential exercises replicate the emotional experiences of someone in crisis, giving participants the skills and information they need to assist at-risk students.

Topics include:

  • Warning signs
  • Myths
  • Response modes
  • Campus and community resources
  • Current suicide statistics and research

Trained gatekeepers do not provide mental health care; rather, they use the techniques and resources learned to offer support and guidance, and to help connect students with needed services.

Why training is important.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.
  • 5,000 young adults (1,100 college students) die by suicide every year.
  • Research indicates 10% of college students have suicidal thoughts.
  • Even one death is one too many.

For information or to schedule a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training session, please complete the CCPH Outreach Inquiry/Request Form.

Critical Incident/Student Loss Resources:

Supporting Students Through Tragedy and Loss

Critical Incident Response Plan

Trauma Reaction Continuums from Riverside Trauma Center