FACULTY & STAFF RESOURCES
ASSISTING THE EMOTIONALLY TROUBLES STUDENT
A PowerPoint presentation has been put together to:
- To impart a shared sense of responsibility for the well-being of the entire student community
- To become better at identifying and responding to students in distress
- To understand the limits of confidentiality and the need to share troubling information
- To become a sensitized and responsive community
REFERRING A STUDENT
- Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am - 5:00pm daily.
Tell-tale signs of when to refer a student to the Counseling Center
- Signs of excessive alcohol or drug use
- When a student starts to isolate themselves
- Binging/purging of food; excessive concern regarding body image
- Deteriorating academic performance
- Bizarre, strange behavior or speech
- Physical or sexual assault
- Depressed, lonely, isolated, withdrawn, tearful
- Nervous, agitated, worried
- Displays signs of aggression or abusive behavior to themselves or others
- Excessive risk-taking
- Displays nonsensical conversation patterns
- Any talk of suicide (direct or indirect)
- Non-stop talking (manic)
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Recent break-up
WHEN YOU MAKE A REFERRAL TO THE COUNSELING CENTER...
- Urge the student to call, e-mail, or stop-by during the walk-in clinic hour
- Follow-up with a student you referred
- Listen to the student and try to be empathic
- Walk them to the Counseling Center if you have to
Ask Dr. Cromer for advice on how to approach a student
- Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm daily.
- Don’t be judgmental
- Don’t try to label or diagnose them
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy
- Don’t be critical of their actions
Don’t be shocked by what a student saysDon’t try to handle a serious situation yourself
- Doing so can cause them to withdraw and minimize what they said.
- Don’t tell them to ignore the problem
- Don’t make a suggestion and not follow-up on it
- Don’t take threats to themselves or others lightly
PREVENTING SUICIDE AND REDUCING EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
Suicide Facts (Provided by the National Mental Health Information Center)
- Suicide is the 3 rd leading cause of death among college-aged students (18-24)
- Firearms are the most preferred method of suicide for both men and women.
- 73 percent of all suicide deaths are white males
- The elderly have a suicide rate six times greater than the national average.
- Suicide can be prevented
- Substance abuse
- Gender (men are more likely to complete a suicide, but women have more attempts)
- History of mental illness
- Prior attempts
- Death of a friend or relative
- Divorce, separation, a recent break-up
- Excessive risk taking
- Loss of job
- Easy access to lethal means
- A feeling of hopelessness, powerlessness
- Giving personal items away
- Loss of interest in activities
What to do with a student you suspect is suicidal
- Stay calm and take them seriously
- Do not leave them alone
- Acknowledge their pain
- Do not swear secrecy, get others involved
Bring them to the Counseling Center to meet with Dr. Cromer
- Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8am-5pm daily.
- If I am not available or if you feel there is immediate danger call 911
HELP FOR STUDENTS IN CRISIS
- If there is an immediate danger of suicide, contact the Police Department by dialing 911
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm daily.