FACULTY & STAFF RESOURCES


ASSISTING THE EMOTIONALLY TROUBLES STUDENT


A PowerPoint presentation has been put together to:

  • To impart a shared sense of responsibility for the well-being of the entire student community
  • To become better at identifying and responding to students in distress
  • To understand the limits of confidentiality and the need to share troubling information
  • To become a sensitized and responsive community

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REFERRING A STUDENT


  • Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am - 5:00pm daily.
  • Tell-tale signs of when to refer a student to the Counseling Center
    • Signs of excessive alcohol or drug use
    • When a student starts to isolate themselves
    • Binging/purging of food; excessive concern regarding body image
    • Deteriorating academic performance
    • Bizarre, strange behavior or speech
    • Physical or sexual assault
    • Depressed, lonely, isolated, withdrawn, tearful
    • Nervous, agitated, worried
    • Displays signs of aggression or abusive behavior to themselves or others
    • Excessive risk-taking
    • Displays nonsensical conversation patterns
    • Any talk of suicide (direct or indirect)
    • Non-stop talking (manic)
    • Significant weight loss or weight gain
    • Sleeping too much or too little
    • Recent break-up


WHEN YOU MAKE A REFERRAL TO THE COUNSELING CENTER...


Do

  • Urge the student to call, e-mail, or stop-by during the walk-in clinic hour
  • Follow-up with a student you referred
  • Listen to the student and try to be empathic
  • Walk them to the Counseling Center if you have to
  • Ask Dr. Cromer for advice on how to approach a student
    • Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm daily.

Do Not

  • Don’t be judgmental
  • Don’t try to label or diagnose them
  • Don’t be sworn to secrecy
  • Don’t be critical of their actions
  • Don’t be shocked by what a student saysDon’t try to handle a serious situation yourself
    • Doing so can cause them to withdraw and minimize what they said.
  • Don’t tell them to ignore the problem
  • Don’t make a suggestion and not follow-up on it
  • Don’t take threats to themselves or others lightly


PREVENTING SUICIDE AND REDUCING EMOTIONAL DISTRESS


  • Suicide Facts (Provided by the National Mental Health Information Center)
    • Suicide is the 3 rd leading cause of death among college-aged students (18-24)
    • Firearms are the most preferred method of suicide for both men and women. 
    • 73 percent of all suicide deaths are white males
    • The elderly have a suicide rate six times greater than the national average.
    • Suicide can be prevented
  • Risk Factors
    • Substance abuse
    • Gender (men are more likely to complete a suicide, but women have more attempts)
    • History of mental illness
    • Prior attempts
  • Warning Signs
    • Death of a friend or relative
    • Divorce, separation, a recent break-up
    • Depression
    • Excessive risk taking
    • Loss of job
    • Easy access to lethal means
    • A feeling of hopelessness, powerlessness
    • Giving personal items away
    • Loss of interest in activities
  • What to do with a student you suspect is suicidal
    • Stay calm and take them seriously
    • Do not leave them alone
    • Acknowledge their pain
    • Do not swear secrecy, get others involved
    • Bring them to the Counseling Center to meet with Dr. Cromer
      • Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8am-5pm daily.
    • If I am not available or if you feel there is immediate danger call 911

HELP FOR STUDENTS IN CRISIS




EMERGENCY NUMBERS


  • If there is an immediate danger of suicide, contact the Police Department by dialing 911
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis.  If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Contact the Counseling Center at 561-799-8678, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm daily.


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 Last Modified 6/3/14