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​Faculty and Staff Supporting Students

You can make a difference. 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.

Our campus is excited to offer these online professional development programs aimed at increasing the safety net for students by educating our staff in identifying signs of distress, approaching students they are worried about, engaging them in meaningful and caring conversations, and referring them to support services if necessary. Kognito's programs are listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry and under review for inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Did you know? Of the UW-Stevens Point faculty and staff who have taken the At-Risk Mental Health for Faculty & Staff course:

  • 100% believe it is part of the faculty/staff role to connect students to mental health support services
  • 97.8% rate the course "Good," "Very Good," or "Excellent
  • 94.8% would discuss concerns with a student exhibiting signs of distress
  • 91.5% would recommend the course to a colleague


At-Risk Mental Health for Faculty & Staff lets you practice challenging conversations at your own pace through role-play with virtual students. After you and your office/department colleagues have completed the course individually, it is beneficial to gather them to discuss their experiences and the material covered. This discussion guide was designed to help you facilitate that conversation. A group discussion allows for a collaborative and reflective exchange of issues, concerns, and problems posed by the training, drawing from each participant’s experience. The objective of such a dialog should be to confront any remaining confusion surrounding faculty and staff members’ roles and actions when talking with students and if needed, in referring at-risk students to campus or community resources.

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Veterans on Campus for Faculty & Staff lets you practice challenging conversations with virtual students and learn more about the challenges student-veterans might face. Due to a lack of knowledge about campus services and/or stigma associated with post-deployment stress, disabilities, or mental health services, many student veterans do not understand or utilize the resources available to them. This is where a faculty or staff member can really make a difference.  Everyone in your office or department doing the training? Here is a discussion guide to help round out the training.

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At-Risk Mental Health for Students is a program designed for students as a way for them to learn about and practice skills to support to other students. Advising a student organization or have student employees who could benefit? Coaching a team or group who experience the added pressure of competition? Looking for opportunities to engage students in the classroom about mental health? Add this to your student training schedule or your syllabi as an assignment and follow-up conversation. Ask that the members of your club or student organization do the training and have a follow-up conversation about how students can help students using the discussion guide. NOTE: Students should use their student UWSP email account to sign into the training, not an office or department student employment account.

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