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Information for Faculty and Staff

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Students with difficulties have a number of resources available to them. These resources include close friends, relatives, clergy, and coaches. In fact, anyone who is seen as caring and trustworthy may be a potential resource in times of trouble. In your role as faculty or staff, students may perceive you as someone who can lend a helping hand or be a good listener. Your expression of interest and concern may be a critical factor in helping a struggling student find appropriate assistance. Although referral to expert help may be a useful piece of responding to a student in distress, you do not need to be a mental health professional to provide support. In many situations, a sufficient first step is to simply make time to calmly listen to a student, encourage them, and validate their concerns.