Suicide is a known health concern for college students on all campuses nationwide. UHS recognizes this issue and believes suicide is preventable. Because you share a commitment to the health of our students and campus community, we are writing to inform you of a new resource now available for faculty and staff.
Along with our campus and community partners on the Suicide Prevention Council, UHS is pleased to announce the launch of At-Risk for University and College Faculty and Staff, an online, interactive educational program that builds skills in interacting effectively with students in distress. At-Risk will remain available online and can be revisited any number of times.
We invite each of you to complete this 45-minute training designed to help you:
1. Recognize students experiencing high levels of distress
2. Respond to students and determine the need for referral
3. Refer the student to campus or local resources and services available
Building capacity to respond to students in a helpful way is an evidence-based strategy that is an important part of a multi-faceted suicide prevention approach. At-Risk teaches these valuable skills and provides learners with campus and local resources that are important to have accessible.
To access the At-Risk training program, please follow these instructions:
• Click Link: www.kognitocampus.com/faculty
• Click “Access Training”
• Fill out form using enrollment key: wisc608
• Follow on screen instructions
• Note: No identifying information will be linked with responses in the program
UHS needs your help to ensure campus-wide use of this educational resource. Please share this information with faculty and staff in your departments or units, encouraging participation, and conveying your support for this important initiative.
UHS and the Suicide Prevention Council sincerely appreciate your participation in this important initiative. Completing this training is a necessary step towards improving our campus climate around mental health. If you have questions, please contact Valerie Kowis at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Umatter Suicide Prevention website at http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/umatter/ for more information.
Interim Prevention Director
Mental Health Director
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Sarah Van Orman