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P.H.A.S.E. Grant



According to Eastfield’s Counseling Services data, students enrolled at EFC are at greater risk for suicide and suicide attempts than most in the state and nation-wide. The Providing Hope, Awareness, and Suicide Education (P.H.A.S.E.) Project will implement activities designed to minimize suicide risks among the high number of students enrolled at Eastfield from vulnerable populations. The P.H.A.S.E. Project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leads the public health efforts to advance behavioral health of the nation.

As a result, the P.H.A.S.E. Project will:

  • Create a networking infrastructure to link the institution and students to resources and mental health care providers,
  • Develop gatekeeper training programs for students, faculty, and staff to increase suicide crisis response,
  • Develop and implement education seminars for students, faculty, and staff to increase awareness about and prevent suicide, and
  • Disseminate materials to increase awareness regarding suicide risks, substance abuse, and depression as well as promote help-seeking and reduce negative attitudes and behaviors regarding mental and substance abuse disorders.

suicide lifeline

At-Risk Online Gatekeeper Training

Studies have shown an increase in college stress over the last few years, but with increasing competition, an ever expanding number of stressors, a societal loss of personal communication, and escalating workloads, that seems like a no-brainer. What do we do when people we are close to start to bend under pressure? What can we do to help? How do we talk to our students and peers who are dealing with problems?

In this unique, game-based simulation, you will learn how to recognize the signs of distress, approach a student you are worried about, and determine where to go for help.

To take the course, follow the instructions below:

 at risk logo

  • Go to:
  • Create a New Account using your DCCCD email
  • Use enrollment key: eastfield16
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Choose your course and click “LAUNCH”

at risk for students

  • Go to:
  • Create a New Account using your DCCCD email
  • Use enrollment key: eastfieldstudent
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Choose your course and click “LAUNCH”

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email

at risk training

The P.H.A.S.E. Project team are happy to provide specialized presentations on suicide prevention and gatekeeper training for you and your organization.
Please contact Katie K. Neff, LPC-S at or 972-860-7384 to schedule a presentation.

Staff Information

Katie Neff, M.S., LPC-S
Eastfield College Personal Counselor

Courtney L. Pickens
Program Coordinator

Brenda Cotton
Program Service Assistant II

Paul Goertemiller
Executive Dean, Student Development & Support Services

Tricia Thomas-Anderson, Ph.D., CGW
Dean, Resource Development