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THE FACULTY/STAFF ROLE IN RESPONDING

TO A STUDENT IN DISTRESS

As a faculty or staff member, you are in an excellent position to recognize behavioral changes that characterize the emotionally troubled student.  A student’s behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your previous observations, could well constitute an inarticulate attempt to draw attention to his/her plight or ”cry for help” .  Your ability to recognize the signs of emotional distress and courage to acknowledge your concerns, directly to the student, are often noted by students as the most significant factor in their successful problem resolution.  Eighty percent of suicide victims communicate their intent to someone else.

The following checklist can be helpful in detecting severe depression or potentially suicidal behaviors.

A BRIEF CHECKLIST

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH DISTRESSED STUDENTS

Any member of the SUBR community may come into contact with a difficult or distressed student.  Being aware  of distress signals, methods of intervention, and referral sources may help you feel more in control of the situation.  The purpose of this brocure is to share information you may find useful and to inform you of assistance the University Counseling Center (UCC) staff can provide.  Click on links below to get access to brochure.

Distressed Student pg. 1

Distressed Student pg. 2