An 8-hour RESPOND: Partnering for Campus Mental Health training will be offered:
Thursday, January 12, 2023

8am-4pm (
Lunch Break: 1 hour, Two 15 minute breaks)
Location: Hach Hall Atrium, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Please click on the link to register for the date that works best for you:

Additional RESPOND trainings will be offered throughout the year. If you wish to be emailed when future training dates are set, you may enter your contact information in this form. Special requests for trainings can be sent to

Mental health problems affect each of us. You can take action to RESPOND effectively.

About 1 in 5 of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness this year. All of us experience emotional pain or distress at times in our lives. Most of us want to help yet often feel uncertain about what to do or say. RESPOND will empower you to offer effective support and useful referrals to a student or colleague. The course provides a basic overview of symptoms often associated with mental health problems and offers an action plan to help you RESPOND effectively. The course will address campus policies such as FERPA, as well as mental health resources.

RESPOND is an 8-hour training offered through the Iowa State University Student Counseling Service, in partnership with ISU Wellbeing and Student Wellness.

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. (Graduate and undergraduate students who work in student-assistance roles have also attended these trainings.)

Please fill out an Outreach Request Form if you wish to request a training for 20-40 participants. (Note: Groups of fewer than 20 will be combined with other groups to schedule a training.)

What is the cost?

In their commitment to campus wellness, ISU Wellbeing and Student Wellness have generously offered to cover the registration fees for employees and students, respectively, who complete the RESPOND training. At this time, there is no cost to individual students or to individual employees for this training.


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Other “Mental Health Support and Refer” trainings

Student Counseling Service can also offer shorter trainings (2 or 3 hours) to the ISU community on responding to students in distress. To request one of these presentations, please complete an Outreach Request Form.

Mental Health First Aid certification–an 8-hour internationally taught course–is no longer offered through Student Counseling Service. For individuals interested in getting certified in Mental Health First Aid, please check the Mental Health First Aid website for local trainings, or contact Tim Denger

If you’re unsure which type of training would meet your individual or group needs, please contact