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Kognito Training

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

Kognito's module takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete, and you may stop and start at your convenience. Simply log back in and pick up where you left off. 

Access the Kognito portal

Follow these steps to access the training portal:

  1. Enter your WVU login credentials and complete two-factor authentication.
  2. On the next screen, if you are a student, select Student. If you are a member of faculty or staff, select Employee.
  3. Enter the required fields User Type and Role. All other fields are optional.

If you have questions about logging in, please contact

At-Risk Mental Health for Faculty, Staff and Students

Module time: Approximately 40-45 minutes

About the Training

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.

Kognito's online, interactive training is evidence-based and will build your awareness, knowledge, skills and confidence when talking about mental health issues, preparing you to be a resource when someone is in need.

What we know about the WVU Community

Statistics from the Fall 2021 WVU National College Health Assessment 

  • Over 50% of WVU students report feeling lonely. 
  • The majority (82.8%) of WVU students reporting feeling high or moderate levels of stress in the past 30 days. 
  • 59% of WVU students indicate that their social relationships are supportive and rewarding. 
  • 62.5% of WVU students report that they actively contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of others. 
  • 80.5% of WVU students report that they would consider seeking treatment from a mental health professional if they were having a personal problem that was really bothering them. 
  • 25% of WVU students report “often” feeling isolated from others.

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.

  • 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.

Faculty and Staff

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

  • 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.

get started

Access the Kognito Training Portal.

Access the Kognito portal