b'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. Synopsis of Student Concerns and Conditions88'