Mental Health Response Training beginning in Summer 2019! ISU Faculty and Staff, register now!

Iowa State University’s Student Counseling Services will again be offering 8-hour trainings to help faculty, staff, and administrators feel better prepared for how to respond to students or colleagues who are in distress or may be experiencing a mental health issue. You will have the option to attend one of three possible training dates offered in May or July of Summer 2019.

What is RESPOND: Partnering for Campus Mental Health?

RESPOND is an 8-hour training that teaches participants how to help someone who is in distress and may be experiencing a mental health issue. The training will provide information and decrease stigma about mental health issues, teach helpful ways to assess the needs and support the individual, and advise how to refer to appropriate campus or local resources.

Please distribute this email broadly to your ISU colleagues!!

What is the cost?

ISU Wellbeing has generously offered to cover the cost of these trainings for faculty, staff, and administrators at this time. Learn more from the ISU Wellbeing website.

Who should attend? 

Any Iowa State University faculty, staff, or administrators who wish to learn more about how to respond to students or colleagues who are in distress. If you wish to attend RESPOND training, but not participate in the associated research study, please contact to be placed on our wait list for future trainings.

For more information and registration

Visit the the Student Counseling Services RESPOND webpage, and/or register via the to the RESPOND: Partnering for Campus Mental Health registration Qualtrics web link.

Register soon! Spots are limited & will fill up fast!

Important: To participate in RESPOND training during the Summer of 2019, you will also be asked to voluntarily agree to participate in a campus-wide research study. This study is dedicated to improving the well-being of ISU students, by increasing faculty and staff’s knowledge and skill in responding to students who may be contemplating suicide. Within this study, the training dates offered to participants at point of registration will be randomly assigned. Attendees who agree to participate in the research study will also be asked to complete quick surveys regarding their awareness and beliefs about suicide before, during, and following RESPOND training. More details regarding this research study can be found by following the link listed above, and before registering to attend RESPOND training.


If you have questions that aren’t answered on the Student Counseling Services RESPOND webpage, email us at