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Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress
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“Often faculty are the first people to know that something's
wrong, but they don't know what they can do to help.”
- Sharon A. Caraballo, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs,
Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
“Because our class sizes are in the small range (20-30
students), we tend to notice easily if someone is not coming
to class. That is often the first sign for me. (Or, often they
are not handing in work, either.) I will email them and ask
them why they are not in class and quite often it is due to a
situation related to mental health. From there, we try to
keep in touch and refer to counseling when
appropriate. Substance abuse issues, depression and/or
anxiety issues often emerge. The substance abuse issue is the
trickiest, in my limited experience.”
- S. Jeanne Horst, PhD, Department of Psychology, Eastern Mennonite
University