Suicide Prevention

Suicide is reported as the second leading cause of death among college students, but it is preventable. The majority of college students who experience suicidal ideation also experience some form of mental health concern or distress, most commonly depression. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to identify the warning signs, intervene as appropriate, and refer to campus resources.

As a fellow Terp you have the power to make a difference. To start your journey in learning more about helping a friend in distress watch the video above to learn more about signs of distress and how to refer to resources at the University of Maryland campus.

Online Training for University of Maryland Students, Faculty & Staff

About Kognito

In these interactive online modules learn to identify and talk to students and peers exhibiting signs of distress and motivate them to seek appropriate help. Possible signs of distress include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and thoughts of suicide.

Please take advantage of the availability of these trainings to help safeguard our friends, our peers, and our students.  Together we can support students’ mental and behavioral health.

For more information contact:

Sarah Wilson MSW, MPH, CHES

Stress and Mental Wellness Program Coordinator

University Health Center


For Students

As a student, you are on the front lines of recognizing distress in your peers.  Distress can lead to anxiety, depression, poor academic performance, and even a weaker immune system.  Being an observant friend, active bystander, and effective listener can have an incredibly positive influence.

Here at the University of Maryland you have access to three innovative online simulations:

  • At-risk for Students
  • Veterans on Campus for Students
  • LGBTQ on Campus for Students.  

To get started, visit

For Faculty & Staff

Our college community is becoming increasingly aware of the amount of stress our students are experiencing and the negative impact it can have on their health and academic performance.  According to the 2014 National College Health Assessment, administered at the University of Maryland, 53% of students experienced more than average or tremendous stress in the least 12 months. What’s more, the same assessment revealed over the course of an academic year, nearly 1 in 3 students felt too depressed to function.  

In response to this, the University Health Center and the Counseling Center have adopted a suite of online training simulations that will assist faculty and staff to better identify, support, and refer these students to support services on campus.  As a faculty or staff member at the University of Maryland you have access to three innovative online simulations:

  • At-risk for Faculty & Staff
  • Veterans on Campus for Faculty & Staff
  • LGBTQ on Campus for Faculty & Staff.  

To get started, visit

For a professional staff presentation, program, interview, or consultation regarding stress, mental health, or wellness programing or outreach please email (at least 2 weeks’ notice required).

Kognito access at UMD-CP is brought to you in partnership by the Counseling Center and the University Health Center.  This is made possible through the Maryland Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network, who is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Behavioral Health Administration, with a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).