As part of USG and KSU's Mental Health Initiative, we are proud to be able to offer
Mental Health Training to students, faculty, and staff. A top priority of the initiative
is to equip the entire campus with the awareness, knowledge, and skill needed to provide
a community of support that facilitates optimal performance of students, faculty,
Mental Health Fact Sheet
Nearly 40% of college students have symptoms of depression that impact their performance.
More than 1,000 suicides occur on U.S. college campuses each year. Veteran and LGBTQ+
students are the highest risks.
Depressed and anxious students are more likely to be absent, take semesters off, or
25% of students who drop out with a GPA below 3.0 have a mental illness.
Only 40% of students with a mental illness seek help.
A mentally healthy campus is a safer campus.
Individual department and group training available. If interested, please reach out
to Health Promotion and Wellness, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Paced, 50 minutes.
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT A STUDENT OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
College can be stressful at times. Build the confidence to talk with a student who you’re concerned about. KSU has invested in an online interactive tutorial called At Risk Mental Health for Faculty and Staff to help everyone identify signs of distress, communicate openly about those concerns, and make appropriate referrals. The training takes approximately 50 minutes to complete and can be spaced out over time as your schedule permits (the program saves your responses as you progress through each scenario).
At-Risk Mental Health for Faculty & Staff and At-Risk Mental Health Training for Students is an interactive role-play simulation that builds awareness, knowledge, and skills about mental health and suicide prevention, and prepares users to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. The training takes approximately 50 minutes to complete and can be spaced out over time as your schedule permits (the program saves your responses as you progress through each scenario).
To take the course, follow the instructions below:
If you need Kognito technical support, please email email@example.com
Instructor led, 60 minutes.
QPR is designed to help you recognize someone who may be considering suicide and consist
of three life-saving skills.
QUESTION...the person about suicide. PERSUADE...the person to get help and, REFER...the person to the appropriate resource.
Three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people
trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people
trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how
to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Take the first step in saving lives
by signing up for innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training utilized
around the world.
The University System of Georgia is offering virtual training free to USG staff. Multiple dates and times are available on their website. Once on the site, click Agree and Begin Registration at the bottom of the page. Next, click on the type of training to see the available dates.
Pre-work plus Instructor led, in-person or virtual, full day.
MHFA is a skills-based training course that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorder. People trained in MHFA learn to identify the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, strategies to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in crisis, and how to reach out and offer resources of where to turn for help. Topics covered include depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorder.
The MHFA course consists of 2-hours of self-paced content followed by 6.5 hours of instructor-led training. The self-paced content must be completed prior to the in-person led training day. The in-person content will be held on the Kennesaw Campus in the Academic Learning Center. We ask that you block off your calendar for the day with the intent of wrapping up by 4:30pm. We will break for an hour at lunch, on your own.
What if Covers?
Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges.
Common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges
How to interact with a person in crisis.
How to connect a person with help.
Expanded content on trauma, substance use and self-care.
Learn how to respond with the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE)
Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Kennesaw State Hosted Mental Health First Aid Training Dates
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Friday, February 9, 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Friday, April 12, 2024 (for military-specific communities but open to ALL KSU students, faculty, & staff)