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suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-24 in Michigan

Gatekeeper is a school-based youth suicide prevention program that provides safe and appropriate lifesaving information to middle and high school students. Students learn safe and appropriate lifesaving information, including positive coping skills for stress, information about mental health, how to recognize when a person is in crisis, and what to do if someone is having thoughts of suicide. 

The Gatekeeper Program was reviewed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and listed on the National Best Practice Registry.

of students are more open to seeking help for themselves if they are considering suicide.

of students are more open to seeking help for a friend who is suicidal.

"“I honestly loved this program. It really helps open up your eyes and makes you think about things you may not have thought about before.”


schools and youth organizations interested in Gatekeeper should contact:

Susanna Rickman

Susanna Rickman

(269) 381-1510 


All Saints Academy       Galesburg-Augusta Community       Gull Lake Community Schools       Kalamazoo Public Schools       Mattawan Wildcats       Portage Public Schools       Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health

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