Suicide Prevention

We want every Cyclone to thrive in all areas of their health, including mental health. The trainings listed below are designed to help students learn how to recognize challenges with their own mental health and warning signs of when another Cyclone is in distress. 


  • Kognito is an interactive, virtual role-play training to help students identify, approach, and refer students who may be in distress. 
  • Kognito is a required training for all incoming ISU students.
  • Data shows that most students turn to their friends/peers first when in distress.  The focus of this training is for peers to be able to identify situations, skill building for navigating conversations, and help connect students to support on campus. 
  • Kognito is customized with ISU resources to assist students learn the resources available at ISU.
  • For questions or concerns about Kognito please email

Campus Connect

  • Campus Connect Training is a gatekeeper training program for college 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.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Giese at


  • RESPOND will empower you to offer effective support and useful referrals to a student or colleague. 
  • The course provides a basic overview of symptoms often associated with mental health problems and offers an action plan to help you RESPOND effectively. The course will address campus policies such as FERPA, as well as mental health resources.
  • RESPOND is an 8-hour training offered through the Iowa State University Student Counseling Service, in partnership with ISU Wellbeing and Student Wellness.

Resources for Support

Population Focused Mental Health Related Resources

  • The Steve Fund 
  • The Trevor Project
    • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
  • Active Minds
    • Active Minds is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
A Guide for Family and Friends


We All Have Mental Health: 

Mental Health during COVID-19: