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Trainings to help to reduce
the incidence of suicide among high risk populations.

Suicide Risk Factors



Samaritans of Merrimack Valley offers two free, Department of Public Health-funded trainings for “gatekeepers” to reduce the incidence of suicide among 1) people ages 55 and older and 2) middle aged men.

Gatekeepers are people who, through their personal, professional or volunteer activities, have regular contact with older adults or middle aged men.


Attendees will learn how to recognize the risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors for suicide as well as how to talk with an individual at risk. We also provide resources so that at-risk individuals can get the help they need. The training consists of a power point presentation, handouts, vignettes, small group exercises, role playing and group discussions.


After the training, participants are able to assess suicide risk, intervene with an individual at risk, and connect people with ongoing professional help.


As a nationally-designated Best Practice Suicide Prevention Training, this Gatekeeper training is eight hours in length and can be provided in one 8-hour session or two four-hour segments. Trainings can be held on site at interested organizations. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for nurses, social workers, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) for 6.5 hours.


We also offer a four hour gatekeeper training which is also a Best Practice Program.  This training is geared toward a non-clinical audience and provides information on recognizing the risk and protective factors of suicide and how to talk with someone at risk. This training is particularly suited to care givers, Meals on Wheels staff, administrative and transport staff, housekeepers, etc. This workshop is approved for 3.5 Social Work CEU's.



gatekeepers of middle aged men

This two hour training is a free, Department of Public Health-funded training for clinicians to reduce the incidence of suicide among men ages 35-64.  We offer this training statewide.  After the training, participants will be able to identify risk and protective factors and warning signs, ask questions about suicide risk, develop a safety plan and provide middle aged men with resources.  2 CEUs are available for social workers, nurses, Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

For more Information

For more information on any of these training or to schedule a training, please call Mary Quinn at 978-327-6672 or

For those who have already taken the training, you can use the following gatekeeper log to let us know about an older adult at risk for depression or suicide.

Download Gatekeeper Log