Kognito for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Orange letters that read, "Kognito."


Have you ever been worried about a student or friend on campus? Faculty, staff, and students are in an ideal position to recognize when someone is struggling emotionally and may need help. Kognito At-Risk Mental Health for Students and Kognito At-Risk Mental Health for Faculty & Staff are online simulations that lets you practice conversations with a virtual student, so you’ll know what to say in real life.

Kognito is available to KSU students, faculty, and staff to help create a safer and more supportive campus. It is offered as part of the More Aware Initiative funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

To access this free resource, 

  1. Visit kentstate.kognito.com

  2. New users will need to create an account. Returning users can enter their login credentials. 
    • This web site is not maintained by Kent State. Please do not use your FlashLine credentials to register or login to this site.
    • New users will have to agree to the "Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy" to complete registration
  3. After registration is completed, users will need to login with their credentials and answer some demographic questions.  
  4. Then users will have access to simulations that are available to them. 

Note: To complete your training, please finish all of the required simulation content and using the orange next button, complete the post-survey. This is required by your institution. Once completed, you will see a green button on your home screen that says ‘Completed.’

If you need Kognito technical support, please email support@kognito.com

If you have questions about Kognito at Kent State University, please email Kim Laurene at klaurene@kent.edu

Student Version (virtual self-paced, 40 minutes)

  • Recognize and identify the signs of psychological distress in self and peers
  • Use effective communication techniques to talk with a peer who shows signs of distress 
  • Understand, refer, and utilize available support services  
    Kognito Training, simulation of two people conversing
  • Use strategies to increase resiliency and practice self-reflection  
  • An optional facilitator guide is available for leaders to host an in-person discussion after students complete the training

Faculty and Staff Version (virtual self-paced, 20-45 minutes)

  • Increase knowledge and awareness about mental health and suicide
  • Identify warning signs of psychological distress, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues
  • Lead conversations with students to discuss concerns, build resilience, and increase connectedness
    Kognito Training, simulation of people conversing
  • Assess the need for referral, motivate the student to seek help, and make a warm hand-off to support
  • Choose between two differentiated paths, one for faculty and one for staff; each path is geared toward that audience

Beyond Compliance

Faculty and staff who complete the Kognito training will receive one hour of Beyond Compliance credit (please allow up to five weeks to post). Kognito training complements Policy 6-01 of the employee code of conduct. Kent State's employee code of conduct expects each employee to: 1) maintain a professional demeanor; 2) respect the dignity and well-being of others; 3) respect and safeguard the rights and properties of others; 4) prohibit discrimination, while respecting the difference in people, ideas and opinions, and 5) practice personal and professional integrity, and discourage all forms of dishonesty, deceit and noncompliance to the code of conduct.


Kognito will be available to Kent State University students, faculty, and staff until at least November 30, 2022. 

This website was developed in part under a grant number H79SM084125 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.