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Recognizing Students in Distress
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RECOGNIZING STUDENTS IN DISTRESS
“I’m so stressed over work all the time!
Ahhhhhhhhhh! Please make it stop! Sometimes I
consider suicide. It seems weird to actually say that
word. Hah! But no, really, every time I cross a
bridge here, I wonder what it would be like to jump.
Maybe I’m just looking for attention? I haven’t told
anyone. I doubt that anyone who is depressed and
considering the ‘S’ word would go to counseling
anyway. Does anyone notice that I’m suffering?”
—Anonymous
As faculty members, you may be the first to notice a student
who is experiencing difficulty. You do not have to take on the
role of counselor or diagnose a student. You need only notice
signs of distress and communicate these to your college’s
academic advising, counseling or student services
professionals. If you choose, you also may have a direct
conversation with the student to gather a little more
information, express your concern, and offer resource
referral information.
Often, there are indicators that a student is experiencing
distress long before a situation escalates to a crisis. To assist