Suicide prevention is possible

Suicide prevention is possible

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Raising public awareness of suicide and related mental health concerns


If you are having thoughts of suicide or having a mental health crisis right now, you are encouraged to reach out for help immediately. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

What we do

About the Center

At the Minnesota Center of Suicidology, we

  • perform forensic death investigations called psychological autopsies.
  • conduct and publish academic research on suicides and related phenomena.
  • provide information on and resources about suicide to raise awareness.
  • support the research of others outside our organization.
  • educate on suicide and prevention in a wide variety of venues.
  • consult on projects to a diverse array of people and organizations interested in preventing suicide.

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

Dr. Chris Caulkins presenting on suicide at St. Cloud State University

Hear from our Executive Director

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. 

What people are saying about our work

Inver Hills Community College, Emergency Medical Services Student Association, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Suicide: A Choose Your Own Adventure Presentation 

"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

Metropolitan State University, Master of Liberal Studies Program, St. Paul, MN

Capstone Project Approach and Methods: A Review of Research on Suicide in the Intermountain West

"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

Plymouth Fire Department, Plymouth, MN

Suicide and Emergency Medical Services

"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

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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

Minnesota Center of Suicidology

Woodbury, Minnesota, United States