Kognito Intros Mental Health Tools for Schools
Kognito, a developer of immersive
learning simulations related to challenging conversations, has created two new
mental health products for schools: At-Risk for PK-12 Educators and
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services,
nearly 20 percent of American children suffer from mental disorders that
significantly impair their ability to function at home, at school or with
peers, and teenagers with mental illness have the highest dropout rate of any
disability group. Kognito developed these two new programs with the goal of
helping educators and high school students identify at-risk students and help
them get support.
At-Risk for PK-12
Educators is a series of three online professional development programs
designed "to prepare educators to identify, approach and connect students
experiencing psychological distress with support services," according to a
press release from the company. Each program targets one of three grade levels:
elementary, middle school and high school. Educators can participate in
simulations of common but challenging interactions with students and parents.
According to the company, the scenario-driven programs were developed in
collaboration with mental health experts and educators, and they portray
relevant and realistic situations.
is similar to At-Risk for PK-12 Educators but is intended for use by high
school students. The 25-minute interactive, online learning activity is
designed to help students identify warning signs of psychological distress in
their peers and determine when adult intervention may be required.
Kognito will demonstrate At-Risk for PK-12 Educators and Friend2Friend in a
free webinar, "Empowering K-12 Educators and
High School Students To Act with Confidence To Support Students in
Distress," on Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Further information about At-Risk for PK-12 Educators and Friend2Friend can
be found on Kognito's site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].