Mental Health Promotion


Kognito – Online Training

Kognito is an interactive, virtual role-play training to help students identify, approach, and refer students who may be in distress.  Incoming ISU students (graduate, undergraduate, professional, and transfer students) are required to take Kognito.  Kognito will show up in your Canvas account starting July 1, 2022.  The deadline to complete Kognito is July 31, 2022. For Spring enrolled students, Kognito will show up on your Canvas account starting January 2, 2023. The deadline to complete is January 31, 2023.

All ISU students (graduate, undergraduate, professional students) also have access to Kognito in Canvas.

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.

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.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.  Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers). The process follows three steps: (1) Question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources. Trainees receive a QPR booklet and wallet card as a review and resource tool that includes local referral resources.


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