b'the students fears and concerns about seeking help. Let the student know that it is because of your concern for him/her that you are referring him/her to an expert. End the conversation in a way that will allow you or the student to revisit the subject at another time. Keep lines of communication open. Invite the student back to follow up. If you have an urgent concern about a students safety, stay with the student and notify campus counseling, campus security or, if you think appropriate, the police. HELP FOR YOURSELF, COLLEAGUES, OR FAMILY MEMBERS Find out whether your school has an employee assistance program (EAP). EAPs typically offer services for employees, their dependents, and retirees. EAP counselors usually provide assessment, referral, and brief counseling services that are free and confidential. Dealing with a student in distress may be physically, mentally, and/or emotionally draining. EAP professionals can debrief with campus community members to restore a sense of equilibrium. Distressed and Distressing? Sometimes when students are distressed, they act out in ways that are inappropriate or even disruptive to your class. If you have a student who exhibits this kind of behavior, communicate your observations to your schools academic advising/student services staff or your campus Threat Assessment Team (TAT, see below). They can help connectState and National Support27'