I know my faculty colleagues join me in welcoming all opportunities to help our students make the most of their Ohio State experience. Sometimes, however, we need guidance in reaching out to students who we believe may be in distress. The At-Risk interactive program can help provide that guidance. I urge you to participate in it. Vice President and Provost Alutto

The Rationale

Today’s students face increasing economic, academic and social pressures, as well as mental illness, which can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. These conditions may also compromise students’ academic achievements affecting their ability to stay in school.

On the 2009 National Health Assessment by the American College Health Association, over 30% of Ohio State students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult for them to function, and 7% say they had seriously considered suicide in the past year.

In fact, there have been over 40 documented student deaths by suicide at The Ohio State University in the past 10 years.

Faculty members, GTAs, and staff members who work with students can play an important role in ensuring students in mental distress receive the help and support they need. Working with students on a daily basis provides a unique opportunity to notice warning signs of mental distress and to point them in the right direction for help. But how do you know what to look for and what to do when you notice warning signs?

The Training

Student Life, UCAT, and Undergraduate Education have teamed up to offer you At-Risk, an online simulation designed to help you identify and approach students in mental distress and, if necessary, refer them to our counseling center. By completing this simulation, you will be more comfortable and better prepared to help these at-risk students get the assistance they need.

In this highly interactive simulation, you will have the opportunity to engage in simulated conversations with up to five virtual students. The simulation takes about 45 minutes to complete, but your progress is automatically saved along the way if you need to stop and resume later.

So far, 650 Ohio State faculty, GTAs, and staff, have completed the training, and in our last report, over 96% surveyed agreed that their colleagues should also take this opportunity. As one participant comments, “This should be mandatory training for all faculty and staff. If we are truly to be “One University” it starts with everyone having a rudimentary knowledge base to recognize and respond to those in distress.”

Registration and Participation

  1. In order to participate, you must register for a free account using your @osu.edu email address (e.g., buckeye.1@osu.edu instead of bbuckeye@athletics.osu.edu). When you click the button below, you will be redirected to Kognito's page. Log in with your existing credentials or click on the "create your account" link.
  2. The Ohio State enrollment key is osu41.
  3. Please note that you may always return to the “My Counseling Center page.” Keep this page handy as it contains many valuable resources.
  4. Please take the survey in order for your completion of the training to register in the system. Your responses will help Kognito continually improve its training.
  5. Don’t forget to download your certificate of completion and save it for confirmation that you have participated in this training.

If you have any more questions, please email us.

Click the button below to get started!

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