As faculty or staff, students may perceive you as someone who can lend a helping hand or be a good listener. Your expression of interest and concern may be a critical factor in helping a struggling student find appropriate assistance.
All of us at some time in our lives may have hard days, feel sad, depressed, and/or upset. However, significant distress experienced over a period of time may suggest a more serious problem. It's important to know what to look for and how to reach out for consultation if you become concerned about a student.
At Risk Students
You may also consider completing a training program on how to recognize distress and intervene with at-risk students. Several options are available including:
- Emotional CPR ($250)
- QPR ($30)
- Psychological First Aid (free after creating an account with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Suicide is the second leading cause of death of college students. For the past ten years, depression has been the most prevalent issue among students at SSU who seek professional assistance on campus. In fact, over 18% of SSU students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult for them to function, and 5% say they had seriously considered suicide in the past year.
Faculty and staff play an important role in ensuring students in mental distress receive the help and support they need before it is too late to save their lives. Working with students on a daily basis provides a unique opportunity to notice warning signs of mental distress and to point them in the right direction for help.
Need more guidance? Consider attending a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training or consult with a licensed mental health professional. For training information or consultation, contact CCS at (740) 351-3608.