At-Risk training to reduce suicide among students

We want to draw your attention to a new online, interactive program through University Health Services called “At Risk” to help us all address the sad and tragic potential for suicide among our students. Every individual who works with college students will likely have an experience at some point where they are concerned about a student’s state of mind or safety. In these situations, it is common to wonder:

  • What is my role in this situation?
  • How should I respond?
  • What if I say something that makes things worse?
  • How do I get this person to consider getting help?

At-Risk teaches faculty and staff how to recognize signs of distress, respond safely and appropriately, and make an effective referral to resources. All faculty and staff on our campus play a role in keeping our students safe and healthy. In order to best do this, we ask that you take one hour to log into At-Risk and complete this program.

  • 95% of UW-Madison faculty and staff who have already completed At-Risk would recommend it to their colleagues.  Personally, we’ve found it very helpful in providing guidelines to recognize, support and talk with students facing personal challenges.
  • At-Risk uses interactive conversation simulations with students, giving the participant options of what to say to the student and how to guide the conversation.
  • The full training takes 45 minutes to complete, but can be revisited any number of times.

At-Risk meets you where you are at in terms of your own knowledge and skill. You receive immediate feedback from the program about how to enhance your responses.

To access the At-Risk training program, please follow these instructions:

  • Click Link:
  • 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.

For more information about At Risk, contact: Valerie Kowis, or visit

Christopher W. Olsen, Interim Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Public Health

Lori M. Berquam, Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students

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