Suicide Prevention Training

Kognito Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training

This website is available to cadets and faculty/staff through the VMI Portal(Login and enter "suicide" in search box.  Suicide Prevention Training link will be the first item listed.)

An interactive role-play simulation for faculty and staff and cadets 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.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  • 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
  • Assess the need for referral, motivate the student to seek help, and make a warm hand-off to support
  • Understand the school’s specific process for student referral and counseling services
  • Faculty and staff are provided with an overview of Kognito during training throughout the year and at new faculty & Staff orientations.  They are encouraged to access the online resource through the CCC webpage.

At-Risk for Faculty / Staff:  Users are introduced to their virtual coach and learn about psychological distress, how it impacts college students and what they can do when they are concerned about a student.

At-Risk for Cadets:  Users are introduced to their virtual coach and learn about psychological distress, how it impacts, college students, and what a peer can do when they’re concerned about a friend.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR):  

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. 

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

If you are interested in QPR training, please contact to receive an access code and password.