• Darrel Magpali

Connect Suicide Prevention Training at Minot State University

Minot State University (MSU) hosted Connect Suicide Prevention Training events during the second week of October. The training composed of two Connect models — Gatekeeper and Social Service model.

The Gatekeeper Model introduces participants to an overview of suicide prevention, and comfortability on issues regarding suicide. The Social Services Model focuses on interactions with individuals who are at risk.

“The training itself is to connect to identify suicidal tendencies, statements, having awareness of individuals and the things that they do,” Andy Heitkamp, Veterans Center director, said.

Participants from the training will learn about the impact, and, factors of suicide, ways to strengthen prevention efforts, and connecting someone at risk through available community resources.

MSU was provided the opportunity to provide trainings for the Connect models last July.

“It’s been a research evidence-based group from New Hampshire which provides the connect model,” Heitkamp said.

The Connect Program has been nationally recognized as a best practice and model program for comprehensive suicide prevention.

For those who have no training about suicide prevention, Heitkamp recommends educating oneself about the topic. Another alternative is to have the national lifeline number, 1-(800)-273-8255, saved on your phone. The lifeline number is available 24 hours a day free of charge and provides confidential support for people in distress.

The program is free of charge, and will be offered monthly in campus through November to July. Pre-registration is required to attend the training.

For more information, contact Andy Heitkamp at andy.heitkamp@minotstateu.edu or call through 858-4002 to pre-register for class.

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