Alcorn’s suicide prevention program encourages Alcornites to raise awareness about suicide prevention

In honor of September being National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Alcorn State University suicide prevention program, ASU-SPARK, is encouraging students, faculty and staff to participate in The Kognito Program, which is a free, 40 minute online program that will help Alcornites learn how to recognize warning/risk signs of suicide and lead others to seek help.

To login to The Kognito Program, Alcornites must visit and create a username and password. An enrollment key is required for entry; the enrollment key for students is alcorn877. The enrollment key for faculty and staff is alcorn601. Once the training is completed, a certificate will be rewarded to the recipient. A free t-shirt will be given to those who complete the training.

Dr. Martha Ravola, ASU-Spark director, urges everyone who’s a part of Alcorn’s community to strengthen their awareness of suicide prevention so they’ll be able to help those in need.

“We care for the well-being of our students,” said Ravola. “The psychosocial well-being of students play a vital role in their academic performance. Therefore, we urge everyone to take the Kognito course and encourage each other to take it as well.”

Ravola also hopes that faculty and staff members will take the training.

“We urge faculty to not only take the training, but to also include information about Alcorn’s counseling services in your syllabus. Staff members play a key role in the lives of students here at Alcorn.”

Free and confidential counseling services are available for students in the Walter Washington Administration and Classroom Building in room 305. They can be reached by phone at (601) 877-6230.

For more information about ASU-Spark or Alcorn’s Active Minds Chapter, contact Ravola at (601) 877-4717 or by email at [email protected].

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