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Distress related to mental health concerns, suicidal thoughts, attempts to die by suicide, and completed suicides are an unfortunate but very real experience for students at BucknellWe believe that there are many things that can be done to protect someone from being at risk of suicide. One of first steps to preventing deaths is creating a community that is a) aware of signs that a person may be considering suicide, and b) able to take next steps to help a person at risk. The more Bucknellians who have this training, the greater the chance that a student at risk will get the help they need when they most need it.  

Here’s how you can help build a suicide-safer community.

Step 1: Complete an online module, which should take ~40 minutes. You will learn about the signs that a person may be in distress and considering suicide. The goal is to increase your comfort level and confidence in taking steps to help a person at risk. 

You may access the Kognito module on a computer or mobile device. Before attempting to access the module ensure 1) that you are already logged into MyBucknell and 2) have confirmed that your device meets the system requirements.

(Note: If you completed the simulation in a previous year and are refreshing your skills, click on the NEED TO RECERTIFY link (not ‘Relaunch’) to ensure that your completion this year is recorded accurately.)

If you need to pause while completing the training, when you log back in again, choose RESUME and it will return your most recent training check point. When you complete the module, please save a copy of the Certificate of Completion should someone need to see that you have completed it this year.

If you encounter technical issues accessing the module, please first contact for assistance. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Marina Shafran at the CSDC ( or 570-577-1604).

Step 2: Watch a ‘Beyond Kognito” Zoom session

Explore our other supporting resources.

Know the Statistics
* Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds.
* More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from all medical illnesses combined.
* The suicide rate peaks among young adults (ages 20-24).
* One in 12 U.S. college students makes a suicide plan.
* Nearly 4,000 people age 15-24 die by suicide each year in the United States.
* There are more than four male suicides for every female suicide, but twice as many females than males attempt suicide.
* During the 2018-2019, 23.8% of the CSDC’s student-clients reported that they had seriously considered attempting suicide in the 30 days prior to their visit.

Learn about the power of Empathy (vs. Sympathy)

If you have questions about these resources or would like information on other general mental health topics, contact us at or submit a request using our Outreach Program Request form.