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Synopsis of Student Concerns and Conditions
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percent of students reported having seriously considered
suicide within the past year, while 1 percent actually
attempted suicide. (Eisenberg, 2011)
Behaviors such as self-injury also are highly prevalent in the
student population, with the occurrence of one-time self-
injury near one in six students (Eisenberg, 2011). In addition,
according to the National Eating Disorders Association
(2006), nearly 20 percent of students reported suffering from
an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
Colleges and universities are increasingly in need of effective
strategies for responding to these complex concerns. Faculty
and staff members routinely interact with students who may
raise concerns, be disruptive, or even suicidal, and they need
to know the basic strategies for recognizing and responding
effectively when a student needs help. Such interactions can
be difficult. They often leave faculty and staff members
feeling confused or overwhelmed. Nonetheless, there are
general guiding principles and supportive resources available
to assist faculty and staff in aiding distressed or distressing
students.
This section briefly explores those principles and outlines
resource options. Please use this section as a starting place
to gather information and to increase your understanding of
these issues.