Kognito Training

Be a Supporter

You don't have to be an expert in mental health to notice when a student is struggling with stress, sadness, or anxiety. With Kognito you can learn how to best support a student or peer struggling with mental health. Kognito's online, interactive training is evidence-based and will help build your awareness, knowledge, skills, and confidence talking about mental health issues, preparing you to be a resource for students in need.

Kognito uses simulated conversations to prepare you for real-life situations and conversations. Talking to virtual students struggling with various mental health concerns, you can learn ways to give support and encouragement, bring up uncomfortable or stigmatized topics, and direct students towards resources on campus.


What You Will Learn


Students are subject to a variety of stressful experiences including increased academic pressures and responsibilities and peer support has long been recognized as important in prevention.

This module is approximately 40-45 minutes.

  • Recognize and identify warning signs for when you or a friend is in distress
  • Utilize effective communication techniques to talk with a peer who shows signs of distress
  • Practice talking to a friend you're worried about
  • Understand, refer, and utilize available support services
  • Learn strategies to increase resiliency and practice self-reflection

Kognito for Students

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are in an ideal position to engage in early intervention and prevention of mental health issues.

This module is approximately 40-45 minutes.

  • Increase knowledge and awareness about mental health and suicide
  • Identify warning signs of psychological distress, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues
  • Start conversations about mental health with students exhibiting signs of distress
  • Avoid harmful mental health stereotypes when talking with students
  • Refer students to mental health resources on campus and make a warm hand-off to professionals

Kognito for Faculty/Staff

If you are having any technical difficulties with taking the Kognito module, please contact kognito@uoregon.edu.