Student Care Network offers advice on supporting students in distress

A student’s life can be stressful. Between academics, life transitions and personal relationships, among other things, it’s understandable that students may sometimes feel overwhelmed. As a peer, family member or faculty or staff member, what can you do if you are concerned about a student’s well-being?

The Student Care Network recommends the following approach:

  1. Identify
  2. Approach
  3. Refer

Tips on how to identify, approach and refer a student can be found here. You also may submit a Student of Concern Form at any time.

Resources and training

  • Kognito at Risk: Kognito at Risk is an online interactive program that engages learners in simulated conversations with virtual, fully animated students who show signs of depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.
  • Mental Health Awareness and Prevention of Suicide (MAPS): MAPS is a joint training initiative between the Center for Student Wellbeing and the University Counseling Center designed to prevent suicide in the campus community while promoting mental health awareness. The next MAPS training will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT.
  • Students, student orgs and faculty and staff can request additional trainings as outlined here.

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