b"After a second absence, I will typically ask the student if there are issues that are causing them to have trouble focusing or causing them to miss classes. I tell them I am concerned about their academics and that of course influences their personal life as well. - Monica M. Weinzapfel, Professor, Costume Designer, School of Dance and Theatre, Radford UniversityDealing with a distressed student can be a difficult thing for a professor's own emotional and mental health, so make sure that while you're taking care of your student, you're also taking care of yourself. - Alyse Knorr, English TA, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, George Mason University CHOOSING A PATHWAY There are two pathways to choose from once you have identified a student in distress: speaking directly with the student or consulting with campus resources. If you have a relationship or rapport with the student, speaking directly to him/her may be best. Begin by expressing your concerns about specific behaviors you have observed. If you do not really know the student, you may prefer to consult with someone first as a way to decide what to do next.State and National Support23"