KSU's Mental Health Training

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, and staff.

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 drop out.
  • 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, wellctr@kennesaw.edu.

Kognito Mental Health Training

Self-Paced, 50 minutes.


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:

  • Visit kennesaw.kognito.com
    • New users:
      • Sign in using your KSU NetID with Single Sign On.
      • Agree to the "Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy" to complete registration.
      • Log back in with KSU credentials and answer some demographic questions.
    • Returning users can enter their login credentials.
      • Access available simulations.
      • Complete your training by finishing all of the required simulation content. Navigate screen-to-screen by using the orange "Next" button.
      • Complete the post-survey at the end of the training.
      • Once completed, you will see a green button on your home screen that says "Completed."

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QPR institute logo "question,persuade,refer" tagline
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.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (Virtual, 2 pm-3 pm)
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024 (In-person, 11 am-12 pm)
Register for QPR at KSU

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. 

  • April 30, 2024 2:00- 3:30PM
  • May 3, 2024 10:00- 11:30AM
  • May 8, 2024 9:00- 10:30AM
  • May 14, 2024 2:00- 3:30PM
  • May 15, 2024 9:00- 10:30AM
  • May 23, 2024 9:00-10:30AM
  • May 29, 2024 1:00- 2:30PM
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
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • 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, July 10, 2024 (In-person, 9 am-4:30 pm)
Register for MHFA training at KSU

USG is also hosting MHFA virtual sessions from 8:30 am-4:00 pm that can be found here. The virtual sessions fill fast. Check back regularly for the updated schedule.  

  • May 6, 2024
  • June 3, 2024 
  • July 22, 2024 
VIRTUAL sessions with usg