Members of CCSU Faculty and Staff
(Please refer to the Faculty Guide for Students in Distress if you have not done so already).
Has this ever happened to you?
- A student comes to your office and is obviously intoxicated and disruptive.
- A student reveals to you that he/she is having thoughts of suicide.
- A student, obviously upset, tells you that despite his or her third-year standing, she is thinking about changing her academic major for the third time.
- A student, who is usually well-prepared for class begins to miss class, fails to complete assignments, and becomes inattentive to hygiene and personal appearance.
College students often experience high levels of stress. Most students successfully cope with university life; however, some become overwhelmed. A significant number of college students have their education and personal lives disrupted by psychological problems. When psychological difficulties go untreated, the results can be serious and include academic failure and even withdrawal from the university.
Most psychological problems - even the more serious disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress - have high rates of recovery if appropriate help is received in time. Unfortunately, many students fail to get the help they need for any number of reasons, including lack of knowledge about the early signs of psychological difficulties, denial, and lack of information about campus resources that can provide help.
Faculty and staff play a key role in identifying and responding to distressed students. As a faculty or staff member you often get the first glimpse of students in trouble and may be the first person who students turn to for help. Responding to students in distress, however, can be confusing and overwhelming. This guide was developed in order to assist you in responding to students in distress.
If you wish to consult with professionals, or believe that a student should do so, please utilize the resources listed in this guide - we welcome the opportunity to help. We also appreciate the supportive role you play in the campus community, and hope that this guide will serve to provide you with useful suggestions and information.
If you have any concerns about a student, please follow the protocol detailed in the
Faculty guide for Students in Distress.
Do not hesitate to dial 911 or the CCSU Police Department (x22375) in the case of emergency!