Assisting Students of Concern


WHAT TO DO ONCE A DISTRESSED STUDENT IS IDENTIFIED

  • Invite the student to talk with you in a time and place which allows for privacy. You may need to indicate to the student that you are concerned as a rationale for the meeting.

  • Start by asking the student such as: "How are you doing?" "How are classes going?"

  • Share your observations and the fact that you are concerned about the student. State your concerns in direct, matter-of-fact statements.

  • If the student minimizes or questions your concerns, be gently honest in pointing out the contrasts between the student's self-report and your observations (or reports from others).

  • If student acknowledges that issues are there, then the goal is to connect student with appropriate help.

  • You may refer to the resources page and suggest resource as appropriate.

  • If the student is reluctant to discuss issues and you have no immediate safety concern, suggest another meeting in a day or two.

  • If you believe you cannot allow the student to leave your presence without immediate risk of self-harm, tell the student. Then, call 911.

POSSIBLE SIGNS OF STUDENT DISTRESS

  • Family problems

  • Financial difficulties

  • Relationship issues

  • Academic difficulties

  • Alcohol or other drug issues

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Depression