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At-Risk: Friends in College

Have you ever had a friend who was struggling or overwhelmed? Have you wanted to talk to someone dealing with a problem, and weren't sure how?

Most college students say they would turn to their friends for support during times of stress, overwhelming anxiety or depression. There may also come a time when you feel the urge to talk to a friend about such issues. For many college students - and for faculty and staff as well, these are not easy topics to discuss. Kognito can help prepare you for these discussions.

What is the Kognito At-Risk training module?

It’s an online program in which you will engage in simulated conversations with avatars, making this interactive environment a highly realistic role-play game experience.

Why should you take it?

This program helps members of the Tribe identify specific symptoms and signs of psychological distress. As you continue through the training program, you will learn various methods in how to approach fellow students and peers who are in distress, motivate them to seek help, and if necessary, be able to provide information for William & Mary’s Counseling Center.

How long will it take?

Participation takes 30 minutes or so per module, and can be completed over multiple sittings.

What is this survey all about?

There may be some personal discomfort with questions in the pre-test, post-test, and follow-up survey. Your participation is confidential and voluntary.

How do I get started?

To log in to the program, allow for tracking the progress of the program, and to provide incentives for completion of the program, you will need to create an account using your name and W&M email address first. You will also need to input the William & Mary specific enrollment key when creating your account; this is based on your status as faculty, staff, or student. However, your name or e-mail addresses will never be associated with your responses, either from  William & Mary or the developer of this training program. Thus, your answers to the surveys and your choices that you make during the program will not be connected to your name and email address. You may answer only some questions and participation may be discontinued at any time.

Where does my information go?

The data that we collect and may publish in the future will be in aggregate form. The developer of this program, Kognito, will also be collecting the aggregate data obtained from participation in this program. The use of use aggregate data in data analysis means that your name and other identifying information will remain confidential as it relates to your responses. Even though the data will be stored in an online database, data transmission is encrypted and firewall securities are in place.


By linking to the survey web site you are acknowledging that you are 18 years of age or older and agree to participate in the At-Risk.

If you are under age 18, and still wish to participate in the educational components (but not the survey components) of the program, please click here.

Click here to sign in to Kognito, then create an account and new password (separate from your school or work ID), before entering one of the appropriate Enrollment Keys below when prompted (note: these are enrollment keys, not passwords).

Enrollment Key for Faculty & Staff: wm595
Enrollment Key for Students: wm757


You are required to notify [[jastev, Dr. Jennifer Stevens]], PHSC Chair, at 757.221.3862 if any issues arise with participants during this study.

If you wish to receive survey results, you may contact the [[ohp, Office of Health Promotion]]

Should you have questions about potential research which may be published from this data, you can contact Eric Garrison at 757.221.3596.