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Karen Kirkpatrick
Office Manager

Ph: (540) 464-7667
Fax: (540) 464-7025
Email Cadet Counseling

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC)
Virginia Military Institute
VMI Health Center
448 Institute Hill, 2nd Floor
Lexington, VA  24450

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. The majority of college suicides occur among students who have not accessed counseling services. As part of a larger suicide prevention effort, VMI is committed to providing the Institute community with education on how to recognize, understand, and respond to cadets in crisis. It is believed that early identification and intervention is crucial when acting to mitigate risk and prevent a tragedy from happening here at VMI. Educating and empowering faculty and staff about how to recognize and effectively respond to cadets in distress is a vital component of our suicide prevention plan.

The VMI Suicide Prevention Plan is based upon the premise that, while we will never be able to eliminate suicide, we can provide specialized services to identify cadets at risk for suicide and to provide crisis and /or on-going mental health services upon referral.

If you would like to learn more about suicide on college campuses, click here

Gatekeeper Training:

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): An hour program on how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. Login and password information is available upon request. Please contact the Center for Cadet Counseling to access this information, 464-7667 or

Kognito At-Risk Training for Faculty / Staff & Cadets  

Kognito is an interactive gatekeeper training used at more than 100 campuses nationwide. Through a 45-minute avatar-based training, faculty, staff, and students learn the common indicators of psychological distress, how to approach someone in distress and how to connect with both on and off Post resources.

To take the course, follow the instructions below:

At-Risk Training for Faculty & Staff  At-Risk Training for Cadets
  • Click link:  
  • Click "Access Training"  and then "Yes, create my account"
  • Enter enrollment key: vmi540
  • Complete the New User form
  • Follow on-screen instructions
  • Click link:  
  • Click "Access Training" and then "Yes, create my account"
  • Enter enrollment key: vmi464
  • Complete the New User form
  • Follow on-screen instructions

"The At-Risk training program is well-designed, engaging, and offers a wide range of realistic scenarios involving distressed students. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively with distressed students and how to recognize critical warning signs of a suicidal crisis. The clinical realism is quite impressive." - LTC Glenn Sullivan, Department of Psychology & Philosophy