Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Gwen V. Mitchell

Second Advisor

Shelly Smith-Acuña

Third Advisor

Henrietta Pazos


College students, Diversity, Suicide prevention, Gatekeeper training, Students of color, LGBTQ, Suicide


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 34. Given that college students are within that age range, it is believed they are at a similar risk. As college campuses try to address the suicide risk among their diverse student body, many have developed a public health approach, including the use of gatekeeper trainings. Many of these population-based interventions take a one-size fits all approach to suicide prevention, but with an increasingly diverse student population represented on college campuses this type of approach may fall short and fail to meet the cultural needs of a diverse student body. The Cultural Theory and Model of Suicide is discussed as a viable framework to inform an existing gatekeeper training program called Campus Connect, which was designed specifically for college students. Recommendations for ways that colleges can create a more inclusive suicide prevention program to meet the needs of diverse student bodies are provided at the end of this paper.

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45 pages