Campus Connect was developed by the Syracuse University Counseling Center and has been used across higher education. Campus Connect is a gatekeeper training program for college faculty, staff, and students. This experientially-based training is designed to enhance participant's knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide.
Specifically, Campus Connect aims to increase participant's knowledge about suicide
statistics, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and referral resources; to
increase empathetic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to ask
individuals if they are thinking about suicide; and to increase self-awareness concerning
the potential emotional reactions gatekeepers may experience when interacting with
students in crisis.
Campus Connect is highly interactive, with gatekeepers participating in multiple exercises throughout the training to increase both their skills and awareness concerning the emotional intensity of responding to suicidal college students. The two-hour training culminates with a role play when gatekeepers are given the opportunity to practice the skills they are taught during the course of the training.
After training, participants will have:
For more information about or to schedule a Campus Connect training for your student club, organization, or department please contact Heidi Riello, Director of Counseling Services via email at Heidi.Riello@mcla.edu or phone at 413-662-5331.