Support your students

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Your role as a faculty or staff person in a student’s crisis is not to resolve their problem, but to reassure them through the support you offer, and to guide them to the appropriate resources.

  • See how the Counseling Center works
  • Learn alternatives to the Counseling Center
  • Find support for your own well-being

Recognize a student in crisis

Behavioral signs

Ups

  • Anxiety or panic out of character or out of proportion
  • Unusually elevated mood
  • Not sleeping very much

Downs

  • Apathy or lack of energy, isolation, or withdrawal
  • Sleeping a lot

Radical changes

  • Eating a lot, or very little
  • Dramatic changes in weight
  • Excessive drinking or drug use
  • Irritability or aggressive behavior
  • Change in hygiene, work habits, or social behavior
  • Bizarre or paranoid thinking

Indicators of suicidal thinking

  • Talk of suicide as an option
  • Giving away personal possessions
  • Mention of being a burden
  • Loneliness
Academic signs

Schoolwork

  • A noticeable deterioration in the quality of their work
  • Missing assignments or meetings
  • Frequent requests for unusual accommodations (late papers, extensions, postponed exams, etc.)
  • Emergence of themes of hopelessness, social isolation, rage, or despair in essays and other work

Class & lab time

  • Lack of engagement in classes that call for participation
  • Inappropriate disruptions or monopolizing classroom time
  • Repeated absences from class or lab
Other signs
  • Statements or comments about problems at home
  • Comments made by peers
  • Expressions of hopelessness or finality
  • Your own intuitive sense that something's off

Develop your skills

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Educate yourself about suicide prevention

If you haven't taken the QPR training, do it. Our campus goal is to train 100% of staff and faculty in QPR. And it's a great way to develop the skills to support our students in the event of a serious crisis. There is a real need for suicide prevention education nationwide, so check out these resources.

 

Request a presentation

Let us know if you'd like Counseling Center staff to present to your department or team.

 

Know your resources

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Counseling Center

We are the primary resource for your students, but not the only resource. We offer individual and group counseling among a host of other services.

 

In a crisis

  • Call 911 in an emergency
  • Call the local 24-hour crisis hotline (970) 247-5245
  • Call the Colorado 24-hour crisis hotline (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 382555
  • Call the FLC Counseling Center during regular business hours (970) 247-7212
When you call the Counseling Center

Let our Office Manager know the situation, and they will take you through your next steps, and/or connect you with our on-call counselor. Walk your student to the Counseling Center. Even if you call first, this is a good idea.

*Please note: In our COVID-19 response, the Counseling Center door will be locked, and our Office Manager will assist you when you arrive.

When you're concerned about a student who's not with you

If you believe you have a student in crisis or are concerned about a student who is not in your office, you are always welcome to contact the Counseling Center to speak to an “on-call” counselor who can guide you in your next steps. Please know we will not be able to confirm nor deny the student’s use of the Counseling Center, and it is rare for us to reach out to students unsolicited by them, however we will certainly work with you to determine what is best for both you and your student.

Alternatives to the Counseling Center

If you’re managing a crisis after hours, or your student does not want to come to the Counseling Center, you have community resources available. • Call the local 24-hour crisis hotline (970) 247-5245 • Call the Colorado 24-hour crisis hotline (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 382555 • Go to the Mercy Regional Medical Center Emergency Room at 1010 Three Springs Blvd in Durango

Student Wellness

WellPAC provides peer support counseling, which both connects students with their peers, and provides students with support with non-crisis concerns. This can be a great option when students are feeling homesick, dealing with roommate conflict, or are struggling to make friends. Learn more about when to choose Peer Support. 

Go to Student Wellness
Online self-screening

Ulifeline offers your students a quick and easy tool to help them determine if they might benefit from counseling. Go to Ulifeline and use the Self Evaluator (green button in the menu at the top of the screen). Answer a few quick questions about depression, anxiety, disordered eating, or substance use.

Go to Ulifeline

Safely report concerns

We all need a little help sometimes. It can be hard to ask for it, or to know where to go for help. Use these tools to support students (or yourself) in finding peer connections or getting support to navigate life safely.

Student Connections

Sometimes it's hard to know where to look to find people with similar interests. Submit a referral to connect students with resources on campus.

Student Connections

Tell Someone

Let Student Affairs know if you are concerned that an FLC student or employee may be a victim of an assault, harassment or discrimination. You may choose to report anonymously.

Tell Someone

Person of concern

Report student behavior that you would like to bring to the attention of your department chair or your supervisor. For emergencies please call 911.

Person of concern

Support for faculty & staff

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

The Counseling Center serves FLC students. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide counseling services for faculty or staff. However, all regular employees of FLC have access to two different Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) that provide counseling in a brief, solution-focused approach. Find out more about our EAPs at Human Resources. 

 

Wellness workshops

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Bloom where you are planted

Students, staff, and faculty welcome.

Coping with Change
Monday, September 14, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.

Self-care in the Virtual World
Monday, October 5, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.

Support in Unique Times
Monday, October 26, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.

Grief & Loss
Monday, November 16, 3:30 - 4:40 p.m.

*Topics subject to change.