Student Wellness
Student Wellness

Mental Health Training

Kognito – Online Training

Kognito is an interactive, virtual role-play training to help students identify, approach, and refer students who may be in distress.  Starting July 1, incoming ISU students (graduate, undergraduate, professional, and transfer students) are required to take Kognito.  Kognito will show up in your Canvas account starting July 1st, 2020.  The deadline to complete Kognito is September 15, 2020. 

Beginning in September, all ISU students (graduate, undergraduate, professional students) will have access to Kognito in Canvas. More information will be sent out early Fall 2020 semester about access to Kognito for all returning students.  

If you are currently struggling with your mental health or after completing this training you would like to seek additional support, there are a list of resources below. We appreciate that you are taking the time to complete this important and valuable training.

Crisis Resources

To access Kognito, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to:
    • Kognito will show up in your dashboard. 
    • Click the course tile (Mental Health Training – Kognito).  
    • Begin!

Login problems? Contact the Iowa State Solution Center at 515-294-4000 or visit for chat options, hours, etc.

General questions? Contact Iowa State Student Wellness at 515-294-1099 or via email at Our summer hours are 7:30am-4:00pm, or feel free to leave a voice-message with your information and we will return your call.


RESPOND is an 8-hour training offered through the Iowa State University Student Counseling Service, in partnership with ISU Wellbeing and Student Wellness.

At this time, RESPOND trainings are only being offered in the summer. If you wish to be emailed when future training dates are set, you may enter your contact information in the button below. Special requests for trainings may be made to staff psychologist Erin Pederson.

RESPOND Contact List

For more information about RESPOND and to fill out a request form – click here.

RESPOND Additional Information

Campus Connect Training

Campus Connect Developed by the Syracuse University Counseling Center, Campus Connect is a gatekeeper training program for college and university faculty, staff, and students. The experientially based training is designed to enhance participant’s knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. Specifically, Campus Connect aims to increase participant’s knowledge about suicide statistics, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and referral resources; to increase empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide; and to increase self-awareness concerning the potential emotional reactions gatekeepers may experience when interacting with students in crisis.

Campus Connect is highly interactive, with gatekeepers participating in multiple exercises throughout the training to increase both their skills and awareness concerning the emotional intensity of responding to suicidal college students. The two-and half hour training culminates with a role play, in which gatekeepers are given the opportunity to practice the skills they are taught during the course of the training.

Program Objectives

After training, participants will have:

  1. Increased knowledge of suicide warning signs and referral points for students at risk for suicide.
  2. Increased skills to respond to college students at-risk for suicide.
  3. Increased self-efficacy regarding their ability to respond to a student at-risk for suicide.

To Register for an upcoming Campus Connect Training: click the button below

Registration for Fall 2020 Training will be available soon!

Campus Connect Registration