Announcing the Winners of the Kognito Challenge!

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Congratulations to the entire Active Minds chapter network for stepping up to the Kognito Challenge! Together, 97 participating schools reached more than 3,000 people in just four weeks via Kognito’s At-Risk for College Students mental health simulation, which was available for free to all schools with Active Minds chapters until Sunday, October 9.

Now that the competition has come to an end, it’s time to announce the winners!

20 schools completed the full Challenge, each training at least 50 students plus their Active Minds chapter advisor or Counseling Center Director. Each of those schools (see schools in bold type on the official Challenge Leaderboard) earned a $250 credit toward their annual national fundraising goal for mental health awareness and the Active Minds movement.

The following three schools trained THE MOST people overall and have earned an additional fundraising credit:

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio trained 286 people.
  • Saint Cloud State University (Saint Cloud, MN) trained 222 people.
  • Stockton University (Pomona, NJ) trained 212 people.

“We already sense a difference in the campus climate towards mental health,” said UT San Antonio Chapter President Melina Acosta. “At least four instructors with multiple classes of 100+ offered extra credit to students who completed the challenge. We were also very plugged into the Student Government Association, so we were able to share the challenge with more student leaders on campus this go-around. Overall, networking with students and faculty and incentivizing the challenge really seemed to pay off.”

Remarkably, the top three schools represent a diverse range in terms of the total number of students enrolled, and school size did not seem to impact the results of the competition. Active Minds at Stockton University alone reached more than 2.5% of their campus through the Challenge!

Each of the top ten schools trained more than 90 people each on their campuses. Those schools include:

  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA) – trained 191 people
  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) – trained 171 people
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville – trained 121 people
  • Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN) – trained 118 people
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL) – trained 118 people
  • Coppin State University (Baltimore, MD) – trained 98 people
  • University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) – trained 94 people

Active Minds chapters had a great time participating in the Challenge and reported incredible impact on their campuses.

“We have loved this challenge! It fit perfectly into our Suicide Prevention efforts,” said Nathan Morell, Active Minds staff advisor at Stockton University. “We made it a mandatory part of our depression screener training as well as (with support from res life) had most of our RA’s take it.”

Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, home to many military families stationed or retired from Fort Campbell, KY, also reported great success.

“Our veterans, reserve, national guard, ROTC, and Active Duty students enjoyed the Kognito Challenge and gained at of understanding and education from it,” said Chapter President Lauren Schores. “We networked [with] psychology, sociology, social work, and pre-professional health students.  We also spoke with peer mentoring, housing, disability services, and student life and engagement.”

Participants in the course completed a pre- and post-survey indicating their readiness to help a friend in distress. Percentage changes in the survey data will be provided to each school with at least 50 participants.

How to Earn a Second Fundraising Reward

Schools can now receive a second fundraising incentive by helping their school
leadership implement Kognito’s At-Risk simulations campus-wide. As an on-campus leader for mental health, you’re in a strong position to help your school understand the benefits and impact of Kognito’s At-Risk simulations as a frontline solution for improving emotional health..

Any chapter who successfully approaches their campus administration and gets them
to request a written pricing proposal for their school will receive an additional
award toward their chapter fundraising goal.

We will be talking to you more about how to earn this incentive in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kognito at info@kognito.com. We are excited to host Kognito as a sponsor at the national conference in November and we look forward to seeing you there.

KOGNITO CHALLENGE UPDATE: SAVE LIVES AND RAISE FUNDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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We’re two weeks into the Fall 2016 Kognito Challenge, and we are already seeing amazing results!

Overall, 65 schools have reached more than 600 students via Kognito’s At Risk for College Students mental health simulation, which is free to all schools with Active Minds chapters through October 7. The online, interactive experience teaches participants how to identify and assist students in distress.

This is the second Kognito Challenge. Collectively, Active Minds chapters have engaged more than 4,000 participants since the first Kognito Challenge in spring 2016.

As of the time this post was written, Austin Peay State University, Saint Cloud State University, and Stockton University, have completed and are leading the Challenge, each training more than 55 students, faculty, and staff. The first 40 chapters to engage at least 50 students and 1 faculty or staff member to complete the full simulation will receive $250 credit toward their national fundraising goal for mental health awareness and the Active Minds movement.

There’s still plenty of time to join in and compete to win! Here are a few creative approaches chapter members have taken to encourage participation:

Take pictures of students completing the simulation.

Pictures are worth 1,000 words. Take pictures of people completing the challenge and post on social media.

Promote the Challenge on social media.

Build an army one step at a time. Gather a team of a few people to help you spread the word. Or, ask one person to tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell a friend. Active Minds at Austin Peay State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, and others have tapped into their social media networks to spread the word via social media for the Challenge.3

Use school resources.

Several schools have sent the Kognito simulation link to their campus listservs, inviting all students, staff, and faculty to complete the course. Talk to your school newspaper, radio station, social media team and announcers at sporting events about helping you promote the challenge.

Give out free food or candy in exchange.

In the past, some chapters have re-branded their Kognito Challenge (such as a “Game Simulation Marathon”) and distributed candy in a central area on campus as a way to draw students to their table and ask them to complete the simulation.

Incentivize with gift cards.

Several chapters are raffling off gift cards to participants. Participating chapters receive weekly user reports from Kognito, which can be used to randomly select prize winners.

Integrate the simulation into fall RA training or first-year experience/orientation.

Several schools have been working on incorporating the Kognito simulation into RA training and/or first-year experience/orientation. To count for the competition, each individual needs to complete the course, so it is recommended that they/orientation bring their own laptops to the training or attend part of the course in a computer lab.

Team up with professors to provide extra credit.

Professors in departments of psychology, social work, public health, and others may be interested in offering course credit to students who complete the simulation.

Incorporate it into your student org fair and other programming.

Last year, the University of Pittsburgh allowed participation in the Kognito Challenge to qualify students to be acknowledged as completing the chapter’s upcoming campus-wide mental health unity pledge.

There’s still plenty of time to get involved and train your peers to help students in distress! If you haven’t started yet, take the course today at www.activeminds.org/kognito and share it with students on campus before the free course expires on October 7!

Team up with your school’s marketing club.

find out if your campus marketing club would take on promoting the Challenge as a project.

Set weekly goals.

Set small, realistic weekly goals that will put you over the finish line. All you need are a few participants each week.

Organize a dorm night.

Organize a dorm night. Talk to RAs to help you schedule a few 30 minutes time-slots when people take the simulation in their room. Give out refreshments.

Contact the Chapters Team at chapters@activeminds.org for support.

Announcing the Winners of the Kognito Challenge!

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Congratulations to the entire Active Minds chapter network for stepping up to the Kognito Challenge! Together, 108 participating schools reached more than 3,700 people via Kognito’s At-Risk for College Students mental health simulation, which was available for free to all schools with Active Minds chapters until yesterday, April 26.

Now that the competition has come to an end, it’s time to announce the winners!

40 schools completed the full Challenge, each training at least 20 students plus their Active Minds chapter advisor or Counseling Center Director. The first 30 schools to complete the Challenge (see schools with the asterisk (*) on the official Challenge Leaderboard) earned a $250 credit toward their annual national fundraising goal for mental health awareness and the Active Minds movement.

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Kognito Challenge Update: Save Lives and Raise Funds for Mental Health

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Kognito SM ImageWe’re only one week into the Kognito Challenge, but we are already seeing amazing results!

Overall, 85 schools have reached more than 1,200 students via Kognito’s At Risk for College Students mental health simulation, which is free to all schools with Active Minds chapters until April 26. The online, interactive experience teaches participants how to identify and assist students in distress.

As of the time this post was written, 18 schools had completed the full Challenge, each training at least 20 students plus their Active Minds chapter advisor or Counseling Center Director. Those schools have earned a $250 credit toward their national fundraising goal for mental health awareness and the Active Minds movement. Continue Reading

Kognito Challenge: Train Your Campus for FREE

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We have exciting news! Active Minds is once again teaming up with Kognito —this time with an opportunity for chapters to earn fundraising credit up to $1,000 AND train students and faculty to support students in distress FOR FREE.

For a limited time only, March 21 through April 26, Active Minds chapters will have the opportunity to participate in a competition to get as many people as possible on campus to complete the At-Risk for Students training for FREE.

Prizes are as follows:

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How To Have a Conversation That Can Save Somebody’s Life

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Flyer no keyI live in a town known for its great schools, low crime rate and beautiful homes.  It’s the kind of place where young people seem lucky to be who they are with everything in life to look forward to.

But earlier this year, we learned otherwise.  In the space of a couple of months, three young people committed suicide.  One was a high school senior.  The other two were in college.  It was a devastating wake-up call to how people can suffer invisibly right in your midst.

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Active Minds and Kognito Partner to Bring Innovative Program to Campuses Nationwide

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May 1, 2014 – (New York, NY) – Surveys show that roughly 80 percent of students who die by suicide had not sought services from their campus counseling centers and 30 percent of students report feeling so depressed that daily functioning was impaired.
To help colleges and universities better assist students experiencing psychological distress or thoughts of suicide, Active Minds and Kognito have teamed up to expand the adoption of At-Risk for College and University Students, an online, interactive and evidence-based immersive learning experience to campuses with Active Minds student chapters.

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