The “S” Word–Suicide: Guidelines for Preventing Tragedy

Chris Caulkins
Chris Caulkins
Century College
EMS Program Director/Faculty and Health Sciences & Public Safety Faculty
Co-Executive Director, Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research
Paramedic, City of Woodbury, Minnesota

Suicide, the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. among all age groups, is a complex perfect storm of factors and events leading up to a tragic ending. There is a great deal of speculation as to what the true nature of this public health problem is among the college student population. In this session we will explore facts and myths, risk factors, protective influences, prevention strategies, and interventions any college or university can make.

Join Chris Caulkins, MPH, MA, NRP as he draws on his experience as a psychological autopsy investigator, suicide researcher, bereavement support group facilitator, paramedic, former associate dean, current program director and college faculty member, chair of the Century College mental health committee, and survivor of the deaths of his wife, brother, and seven colleagues in the emergency medical services field–all from suicide. Suicide is everyone’s business and staff and faculty from all disciplines, fields, and departments are welcome.


  • Identify risk and protective factors pertaining to suicide among the college student population.
  • How to apply evidence-based smart practices to formulate a college-wide suicide prevention program.
  • Explain risk factor differences based on ethnicity, military status, sexual orientation, gender, and educational level.