New Mental Health Learning Simulations from Kognito Give PK-12 Educators and Students Skills to Support Youth in Distress

Simulations Engage Learners in Practicing Referral Conversations with Virtual, Fully Animated Students Exhibiting Signs of Distress

NEW YORK--()--Kognito, a leader in immersive learning simulations that enable users to develop skills and assess their competencies in managing challenging conversations, today announced two new mental health products for the education market: At-Risk for PK-12 Educators, designed to prepare educators to identify, approach, and connect students experiencing psychological distress with support services; and Friend2Friend, a peer-to-peer mental health module for high school students.

Nearly one in five American children and adolescents suffer from mental disorders that cause significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 14 years old and the second leading cause of death for youth 15 to 24. Students aged 14 and older who are living with a mental illness represent the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

“We are excited to expand our PK-12 suite with these new products. Over the past five years we have worked with districts and states around the U.S. and are currently available at 40% of public high and middle schools,” said Ron Goldman, CEO of Kognito. “With more and more states mandating mental health and suicide prevention training for PK-12 educators, we wanted to make sure that we can provide our clients with a solution that covers the entire PK-12 experience as well as addresses the need to provide students with mental health training.”

Kognito’s At-Risk for PK-12 Educators is a series of three online professional development programs designed for adoption by schools, districts, and statewide agencies. The scenario-driven programs were developed with mental health experts and educators to portray common, relevant and realistic situations with students and parents. Each simulation in the PK-12 series is tailored to one of three grade levels: elementary, middle years and high school. At-Risk for High School Educators, the anchor product in the series, is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention Programs. Friend2Friend presents a similar program geared for high school students, and can be included in curriculum or used in the programming of a club or other extracurricular activity.

Kognito will demonstrate these newest simulations in a free webinar, “Empowering K-12 Educators and High School Students to Act with Confidence to Support Students in Distress,” on Wednesday, August 26th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. To register, please visit: http://go.kognito.com/PK12-EducationWeek.

About Kognito:

Founded in 2003, Kognito is a leader in designing immersive practice experiences that develop and assess the competencies of users in transforming challenging health conversations into opportunities to drive meaningful and sustainable changes in attitude, self-efficacy, and behavior. Kognito’s award-winning online and mobile experiences use emotionally responsive virtual humans to simulate real-life conversations within a risk-free and adaptive environment that provide personalized feedback and in-depth analytics. Kognito uses a science-driven, research-proven approach and currently has more than 450 clients in education, government, and healthcare settings. The company has been recognized for its evidence-based programs, and is the only company with digital simulations listed in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) and National-Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more or access demos at http://www.kognito.com.

Contacts

SVM Public Relations
Media:
Laura Nelson/Kay Kelly, 401-490-9700
kognito@svmpr.com

Release Summary

Kognito today announced two new mental health products for the education market: At-Risk for PK-12 Educators.

Contacts

SVM Public Relations
Media:
Laura Nelson/Kay Kelly, 401-490-9700
kognito@svmpr.com