Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kognito: Online Suicide Prevention Training

The semester is in full swing, due dates are starting to pile, and the feeling of stress tends to slowly creep back into our lives. It is important for us, as a Communiversity at EIU, to be able to relieve stress in healthy, positive ways, but it’s also important for us to be able to identify and help others who may be feeling especially stressed out, or having difficulty dealing with a current issue or situation.
Kognito At-Risk for College Students offers three 30-minute, interactive, free online training simulations that prepare faculty and staff, students and student leaders, including student employees, to provide support to peers who are exhibiting signs of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.

Kognito has created three training courses specifically geared for helping and identifying:
* Distressed students
* LGBTQ students struggling with acceptance and
* Student veterans adjusting to college life.

Through a self-paced, narrative-driven experience, participants build knowledge, skills, and confidence to identify, approach, and refer an at-risk student to counseling, mental health, or crisis support services. Recognizing signs of depression and suicide are important in keeping Eastern Illinois University a supportive and motivational environment. Click the following link for a brief, 3 minute walk-through video:

We would like to encourage all students, staff, and faculty participate in one or more of these training sessions to help build a better, safer #communiversity for those in need of support. To spread acceptance, education, and a more supportive #communiversity at EIU, please click here to get started. Again, the three sessions are free, simple to navigate, and can easily be resumed at different times if it cannot be completed all in one sitting. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Kognito At-Risk for College Students or would like someone to talk more about this training, please contact the HERC at or call (217) 581-7786.

No matter what problem you or someone you know may be facing, there are free, confidential resources available 24 hours a day. Please see below for additional on and off campus resources.
  • EIU Counseling Center
  • Local Crisis Line via LifeLinks
    • 1 (866) 567-2400
  • National Crisis Call Center
    • 1 (800) 273-8255
    • Or Text “Answer” to 839863

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