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Suicide: Quelling the Perfect Storm

Chris Caulkins speaks at a TEDx event, where independent organizers can share "ideas worth spreading."

What we do

At the Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research, we perform forensic death investigations called psychological autopsies, conduct academic research on suicides and mental health, and carry out informational activities. To the fullest extent possible, we make the results of our efforts available to the general public. For example, we compile and summarize research data and statistics into informational fact sheets. Our original research, when not embargoed by publishers, is available for download from our website. And while we protecting the privacy of psychological autopsy subjects and incidents is of the highest priority, as appropriate, we may aggregate data from larger samples of psychological autopsies and make that data available.
We have begun a project to design and develop an interactive database of our research data. As part of our mission, we will make this data available through our website. Progress on the database project will be updated here. Please check back periodically.


About the Center

The Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research (the Center), formed in late 2015, is 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 desolved entity that gave rise to the Center. The founders of the Center have vast experience in emergency medical care and education and have first-hand experience with the effect suicide has on those who 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.

Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research


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5 months ago
EMS Pulse

Hi Everyone,

We are honored that Allina Health EMS is once again sponsoring a charity hockey game to raise money for our suicide research and education initiatives. Last year the dedicated folks at ... See more

6 months ago

Friends, we have a Board of Directors vacancy and are in search of someone with a finance/accounting background to join us. This is a voluntary position that includes assisting with budget ... See more

6 months ago

Suicidology Online is a peer-reviewed and indexed open access journal. Our qualitative research paper, "The Role of Communitas in the Prevention of Suicide in Italy: A Comparison with the United ... See more

6 months ago
Expert Trainer – The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies:

Chris is very excited to have been accepted as an expert trainer for the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS).

Chris G. Caulkins, MPH, MA Chris is executive director of the Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research, program director /faculty for the emergency medical services (EMS)…

7 months ago

Update: Live presentation will be closer to 1210-15 CST.

7 months ago

Today at noon CST (in 90 minutes) we are going to attempt to go live with a presentation on psychological trauma among emergency medical services responders. This will be delivered at the ... See more

7 months ago
Suicide in Prisons: A Brief Review

We are honored to have co-written and published this piece on prison suicide with some outstanding academics and clinicians.

Suicide is a serious public health issue in correctional facilities around the globe (World Health Organization, 2007). Mental illness and related factors, such as substance use, negative childhood ... See more

7 months ago
Brief Radio Commentary on Suicide and Depression

Thanks to Keith Witte we were able to call in to this talk show in the nick of time.

Chris with WCCO 830 talking with host, Mike Max.

7 months ago

In the last two days both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. Of course, the other 246+ Americans who died by suicide in this same manner during this same time period did not get ... See more

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for ... See more

7 months ago

Yesterday there was a message on the digital board hanging over 694 that said 10 motorcyclists have died in Minnesota this year so far. True, that is bad and sad. There have been over 350 suicides in ... See more

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