By Paulette Renault-Caragianes

Are you worried about a student, colleague or friend but aren’t certain how to reach out to support them or what to say? We all know UMass Lowell is a caring community where everyone is always ready to help support each other, and we are happy to announce that UMass Lowell is now offering a great resource, Kognito, to help support the wellbeing of our River Hawk community.

Kognito is a dynamic, experiential, evidenced-based digital learning tool that uses role-play simulations and coaching to build skills in having real-life conversations that change lives. With Kognito, if you have 30 to 60 minutes to spare, you can be well trained and confident that how you care is as effective as how much you care.

Kognito is an online, self-paced, interactive platform that teaches strategies and gives you an opportunity to practice potentially difficult conversations and scenarios. It will help you create and hone skills to help you support your fellow River Hawks with confidence. No matter your concern, Kognito can help you have challenging conversations with the confidence that you are providing the best support and resources possible.

Kognito, which has been in use for the past 20 years, is already offered at hundreds of educational institutions across the country. Kognito is designed to uniquely meet today’s mental health challenges, with positive change you can see. Schools and campuses using Kognito see statistically significant changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior, as demonstrated by multiple empirical and longitudinal studies.

To use Kognito, please go to uml.kognito.com and create an account using your UML e-mail address. To maintain anonymity, please do not enter your student/employee ID number when prompted.

Once again, thank you for all you do to support each other.