At the Minnesota Center of Suicidology, we
The Minnesota Center for Suicidology (the Center), formed as the Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research in late 2015 as a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit corporation with a mission to raise public awareness of suicide and related mental health issues and to contribute to efforts to reduce suicide rates in the United States and throughout the world. The work of the Center was first started through Sumrith Solutions, LLC–a now dissolved entity that gave rise to the Center. The founders of the Center—Chris Caulkins and Tim Heap—brought vast experience in emergency medical care and education, as well as first-hand experience with the effect suicide has on those left asking questions and trying to understand what happened—a group of people called “survivors.” We embody our purpose, mission, vision, and values. In early 2016, we applied for tax-exempt, public charity status from the Internal Revenue Service. In 2019, we changed our name to the Minnesota Center of Suicidology to better reflect the broadening of our activity.
Dr. Chris Caulkins presenting on suicide at St. Cloud State University
Suicide: Quelling the Perfect Storm
In this TEDx presentation, Chris Caulkins discusses the interdisciplinary nature of the many potential causes of suicide. With suicide as the 10th leading cause of death for all age groups in the U.S. and increasing, we believe a formal academic program of study in suicidology is needed to better understand these causes and develop effective preventative measures.
At the Minnesota Center of Suicidology (MCS), we stand alongside the Black community in the fight against racism and in support of justice and equality for all Black lives. Systemic racism and historical trauma impact individuals in a variety of ways, including their mental health.
We, at the MCS, are committed to making a difference and helping pave the way to meaningful reform. We will support Black lives in the following ways.
1. Use our voice and platform to stand with the Black community and the pursuit of social justice—as we are doing now.
2. Actively recruit board members who represent diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
3. Routinely examine our education and outreach efforts to ensure that we are inclusive of the Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities.
4. Include diversity and cultural competence elements in our evaluations of the board, employee, contractor, and director performance to monitor how we are incorporating and reaching underrepresented groups in our work.
5. Provide resources for board members to attend training that focuses on developing our cultural competency in working with and serving BIPOC communities.
6. Include information about the impact of systemic racism and historical trauma when educating communities and first responders about mental health and trauma.
If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).
The MCS Board of Directors
Chris Caulkins, EdD, MPH, MA
Jessie Breyer-Peterson, PsyD, LP
Daniel Hanson, MA
Brittany Miskowiec, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Mary Vukelich, MA
"Was absolutely eye opening! With some personal experience, and some personal research it was very educational. I look forward to looking into this organization and seeing what I can do."
"I would love for Caulkins to come again, and speak in further depth about his research. I enjoyed his presentation very much. I would love to learn more about how to break the stigma without 'promoting' suicide."
-Fernanda Romer, EMT-B, President of EMSSA, Inver Hills Community College
"Would be a great presentation like 3-4 hours for all EMS students."
-Scott DeLong, EMT-B/Firefighter
"Again, many thanks for your excellent presentation and terrific Q&A. Your eagerness to talk about suicide and associated research is contagious and inspiring."
-Brian Nerney, PhD, Professor, School of Communication, Writing and the Arts, Metropolitan State University
"This was a very educational presentation for a topic that is difficult to talk about. I really admire you for what you've been through and your willingness to educate others."
"Interesting insights into the data/research--makes it become more "real."
"Very - very well done! This guy knows his subject matter."
-Tom Evenson, Battalion Chief, Plymouth Fire Department
Donations to the Minnesota Center of Suicidology are tax-deductible to the amount legally allowed. With any donation, please provide your name and a physical or electronic mail address so that we may provide you with appropriate substantiation for tax purposes.
Please feel free to contact a member of our staff directly with any questions or comments. While we don't have an office, we are still reachable by phone, email, and mail:
Minnesota Center of Suicidology
PO Box 25769
Woodbury, MN 55125 USA
Woodbury, Minnesota, United States