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Kognito At-Risk

Often, the people we see and interact with in our communities are the first to recognize the warning signs of distress and suicide risk. Though we might worry, stigma and lack of skill sometimes keep us quiet. Do your part to foster a trauma-sensitive campus and prevent suicides by taking advantage of Kognito At-Risk training. Join the UAS CARES movement, turning hope into action at UAS.

Kognito At-Risk is an online, innovative and interactive training. Learn to identify and talk to students and peers who are exhibiting signs of distress and encourage them to seek appropriate help. This training will enhance your skills through direct practice in a risk-free environment with student avatars.

Introduction by UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield

Want to learn more about the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and suicide risk that Dr. Caulfield discusses in the video? Learn more about ACEs on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.

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College can be stressful at times, but have you ever been truly concerned for a friend? Would you feel comfortable expressing your concerns and motivating your friend to get help? It can be difficult to deal with these kinds of issues, but an effective conversation can help more than you think—it can help change someone’s life. At UAS, we want to make sure that we can all recognize signs of distress and know what to say if a friend needs help. At-Risk for College Students is an online training that lets you practice conversations with a virtual student, so you’ll know what to say in real life. You’ll learn how to determine when a friend needs help, how to talk with a friend you’re worried about, and where you and your friend can turn to for help.

Training Details

Length: approximately 30 minutes

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Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

Students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide. As faculty and staff, we can take small steps that make a big difference. UAS, in partnership with the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, has adopted an online conversation training, At-Risk for Faculty & Staff, to help us learn to notice signs of distress, use techniques to discuss our concerns, and, if necessary, refer students to appropriate resources.

This free training lets you practice these challenging conversations at your own pace through role-play with virtual students and can be started/stopped at your convenience. In a national study of effectiveness, this training has been shown to increase the number of student referrals to counseling. It is also listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry. Widely adopted by more than 350 universities and colleges nationally, this research-proven online simulation program drives sustainable changes in behaviors that support academic performance, student retention, and campus safety.

Training Details

Length: approximately 45 minutes

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