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Are you worried about one of our students? Faculty and staff are encouraged to do online simulation exercise

A Message from University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Counseling Services: Faculty and staff can take small steps that make a big difference to support students when they need it the most.

Health and wellnes programs logo with lehua flower.Our students face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide. As faculty and staff, we can take small steps that make a big difference to support our students when they need it the most.

With the support of The Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund, Counseling Services and the UH Hilo Suicide Prevention Committee have adopted an online conversation simulation, “Kognito At-Risk for Faculty & Staff,” to help us learn to notice signs of distress, use techniques to discuss our concerns, and, if necessary, refer students to appropriate resources.

At-Risk for Faculty & Staff lets you practice these challenging conversations at your own pace through role-play with virtual students. In a national study of effectiveness, this simulation has been shown to increase the number of student referrals to counseling. It is also listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry and under review for inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

To do online simulation exercise

1. Go to online Kognito website.

2. Create a new account.

3. Use enrollment key: uhilof

4. Launch At-Risk for Faculty & Staff

This short 30-45 min training can be completed in multiple sittings and your progress will be saved. You may need to unblock pop-ups in your browser for the simulation to open. Please note that UH Hilo has a Care Team in place of a BIT Team.

“This is a really, really great training resource. The dialogue and content are very apropos to this population group… I think this is a perfect way for faculty, staff, and student peers to learn about conversational strategies to identify and refer a student in distress. I hope that others have, or intend to view this resource before its closure date.” —UH Hilo Faculty

Kognito Workshop Training & Discussion 


  • Monday, March 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, 12:30-1:30 pm

Place: University Classroom Building, room 102

RSVP online by Friday, March 9, 2018.


If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like fliers, contact Emily Low.

Counseling Services and the UH Hilo Suicide Prevention Committee.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

Crisis Text Line 741-741.