Faculty Resources for Responding to Students in Distress
Have you experienced a disruptive student who has unreasonable demands?
Are you comfortable talking to a student who is exhibiting signs of abuse or self-harm?
Do you know what to say to a student who appears despondent or “checked out”?
NOVA faculty and staff are often the eyes and ears of campus mental health. A significant number of college students will have their academic and personal lives disrupted by emotional and psychological problems. Many times faculty and staff are the first to see signs of trouble and may be the first person a student turns to. It is important to remember that the vast majority of emotional and psychological problems are treatable, particularly with early intervention. We encourage you to have a conversation with students of concern to better understand their circumstances.
For guidance, the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia has developed a faculty handbook, “Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress.” The information in this free handbook will provide you with tools to recognize and support students in need.
Remember to use NOVACares to report your concerns. Every campus has a CARE team that is tasked with responding to students of concern. The Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior will assess and direct your report to the most appropriate responder. To file a Behavior Report, please go to www.nvcc.edu/novacares.