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According to the 2016 National Health Assessment by the American College Health Association, over 60% of students felt overwhelming anxiety at some point in the past 12 months. Additionally, over 30% of students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult for them to function, and approximately 10% said they had seriously considered suicide in the past year.

Faculty members, staff members, RA’s and student leaders can play an important role in ensuring students experiencing distress receive the help and support they need. Working with students on a daily basis provides a unique opportunity to notice warning signs of mental distress and to point them in the right direction for help. But how do you know what to look for and what to do when you notice warning signs?

The University Counseling Center is offering At-Risk, a new online simulation designed to help you identify and approach students in mental distress and, if necessary, refer them to our University Counseling Center. By completing this simulation, you will be more comfortable and better prepared to help these at-risk students get the assistance they need. There are two versions of this training – one for staff/faculty, and one for students.

In these highly interactive simulations, you will have the opportunity to engage in simulated conversations with virtual students. You will receive coaching and feedback along the way to help you in your conversations with students. The simulations takes about 40-45 minutes to complete, but your progress is automatically saved along the way if you need to stop and resume later.

The training is listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s joint Best Practices Registry for suicide prevention programs. Research shows that over 96% of users surveyed reported satisfaction with the training and agreed that their colleagues or peers should also take the training. Research also shows that users show significant increases in their confidence, skills and behaviors related to having conversations with students of concern and referring them to appropriate resources.

  1. In order to participate, you must register for a free account using your email address. When you click the button below, you will be redirected to Kognito’s page. Click “Click Here” to create an account.
  2. The JCU enrollment key for staff/faculty is jcu. The JCU enrollment key for students is jcu16. Note that all letters are lower case.
  3. Please note that you may always return to the “Resources: Where to Find Help” page. Keep this page handy as it contains many valuable resources.
  4. Please take the survey in order for your completion of the training to register in the system. Your responses will help Kognito continually improve its training.
  5. Don’t forget to download your certificate of completion and save or print it for confirmation that you have participated in this training.

Note: Kognito works best using Google Chrome as your web browser. If you are unable to use Chrome, you will need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed. You will also need to allow pop-ups for If you experience any difficulty, please contact Kognito’s IT support at If you have any other questions, you are welcome to email the University Counseling Center at

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Counseling Center Contact Info

Phone: 216.397.4283