The FSU campus community proactively promotes the success of our students. As a faculty or staff member, you have a unique position of having direct, ongoing contact with students. Students are more likely to seek initial assistance from faculty and staff members that they interact with. They are more likely to seek you out if they feel you are available, that you care and that you are willing to listen. It is important to understand and recognize potential warning signs to distress.
Faculty and staff in need of counseling services can take
advantage of the Employee Assistance Program that
provides free and confidential counseling and can be reached
24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-950-3434.
Utilize the Counseling Center as a Resource
We are available to help you with student concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance or consultation. You may call our office (333-3661) to speak directly with a clinician or email us to discuss your concern.
Identifying Students in Distress
The college years can be very stressful. In the contemporary climate of competition and pressure, some students adequately cope with these stresses, but others find that stress becomes unmanageable and interferes with learning. The following indicators may be useful in assessing whether to make a referral to the Counseling Center.
- Student talks about thinking about or considering suicide
- Inconsistency with current work compared to previous work
- Infrequent class attendance with little or no work completed
- Dependency (a student who hangs around or makes excessive appointments)
- Noticeable lack of energy or frequently falling asleep in class
- Marked changes in personal hygiene
- Coming to class intoxicated
- Impaired speech and disjointed thoughts
- Repeated requests for special consideration (e.g., deadline extensions)
- Threats to others
- Excessive weight gain or loss
- Behavior which regularly interferes with effective class management
- Frequent or high levels of irritable, unruly, abrasive, or aggressive behavior
- Unable to make decisions despite your repeated efforts to clarify or encourage
- Bizarre behavior that is obviously inappropriate for the situation
- Students who appear overly nervous, tense or tearful