Shared Responsibility: Recognizing and Helping Students in Distress
A Guide for Faculty, Staff and Students
Prepared by the Counseling Center
Fort Lewis College
The College Student Profile
Faculty/Staff as Mentors
Recognizing Warning Signs of Psychological Distress
Recognizing warning signs does not require expertise! It does, however, require an awareness of what to look for.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
The greater the number of warning signs present, the greater the likelihood that the student needs assistance.
Depression is common. Suicide is lethal.
Clinical depression is a serious and common disorder of the mood that is pervasive, impacting the mind and the body. It often begins in young adulthood, making college students particularly at risk. Depression raises the risk of suicide dramatically.
Key symptoms to watch for are:
Steps in Making a Referral for a Distressed (Non-Suicidal Student)
Step 1 - Listening
Step 2 - Expressing Concern
Step 3 - Making a Referral
GET HELP IMMEDIATELY.
CALL THE COUNSELING CENTER at 247-7212 during business hours, or bring the student to the Counseling Center (260 Noble Hall) and describe the crisis.
It is a crisis if the student:
CALL THE POLICE AT 911(off campus) or 9-911 (on campus)
Referral of a Possible Suicidal Student to the Counseling Center
Faculty, staff and students are asked to call the Counseling Center and consult with the "on call" counselor when they encounter a potentially suicidal student. Please let the Counseling Center's secretary know you need to consult about a potential crisis and how serious the situation may be. The "on call" counselor will evaluate with you how to best approach the case. It is hoped that the individual calling will be able to encourage the student to voluntarily come to the Counseling Center for an assessment or counseling.
If the student is not willing to voluntarily come for an assessment and the situation seems potentially dangerous, then it is possible that the "on call" counselor might decide on any of the following actions:
Fort Lewis College
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Durango, CO 81301