Faculty and Parent Resources
Faculty and staff are sometimes the first people to notice signs of distressed students.
What follows is information about how to identify students in distress, how you can
help, and when to make a referral to Mental Health Service.
Signs of distress
- Significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming
- Significant changes in academic performance and involvement in extracurricular or social activities
- Lack of concentration and focus
- Withdrawal (absences, tardiness)
- Disruptive behavior in class
- Expression of hopelessness or suicide
What you can do
- Schedule a mutually agreed time to meet up with student
- Meet with student in relaxed, private environment
- Communicate your concern with the student's demeanor in nonjudgmental manner (i.e., using words like "noticed" or "observed")
- Allow student to respond to your concerns
- Help student identify options and discuss possible consequences
Refer to Mental Health Service if
- The problem is more complex than you can comfortably handle
- You've helped as much as you can and further help is needed
Consultation for Parents
Parents may consult with our staff if they believe a student is in distress and they are uncertain about how to help. If you have concerns regarding a student's emotional functioning or behavior, including alcohol use, depression or anxiety, unusual behavior or overall psychological well-being, we encourage you to speak with a professional staff member from the Mental Health Service. To consult, call our office at 225-578-8774 and ask to speak with the Crisis-Counselor. The Crisis-Counselor will ask for information about the situation in order to help you determine how to proceed. In doing so, the Crisis-Counselor is still required to maintain the confidentiality of any student seen at the Mental Health Service.
Encouraging Your Student to Make an Appointment
If your son or daughter is not in crisis, but you believe is in need of counseling services, then you would encourage him/her to contact the Mental Health Service for a Clinical Consultation appointment. Here are the steps involved in getting your student in to see a Mental Health Service staff member:
- Encourage your son/daughter to contact the Mental Health Service to schedule a Clinical Consultation appointment. Students may schedule appointments by calling the Mental Health Service at 225-578-8774. Students will need to complete paperwork prior to their consultation.
- After completing the Clinical Consultation appointment, the counselor and student will decide what services are best suited to meet their needs.
- Once it is decided what service(s) is/are most appropriate for the student, the service will either be provided to the student or they will receive a community referral to best address their concerns.