Staff & Faculty
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.
All of us at some time in our lives may have hard days, feel sad, depressed, and/or upset. However, significant distress experienced over a period of time may suggest a more serious problem. It's important to know what to look for and how to reach out for consultation if you become concerned about a student.
AT RISK STUDENTS
You may also consider participating in the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching's (UCAT) At Risk Simulation Training.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death of college students. On the 2009 National Health Assessment by the American College Health Association, over 30% of Ohio State students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult for them to function, and 7% say they had seriously considered suicide in the past year.
Faculty members can play an important role in ensuring students in mental distress receive the help and support they need before it is too late to save their lives. Working with students on a daily basis provides a unique opportunity to notice warning signs of mental distress and to point them in the right direction for help. But how do you know what to look for and what to do when you notice warning signs? Click here to learn more about this training.
Suggested Syllabus Statement:
Interested instructors can include the following statement in their syllabi to help connect their students to our services:
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student’s ability to participate in daily activities. The Ohio State University offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) by visiting ccs.osu.edu or calling 614-292-5766. CCS is located on the 4th Floor of the Younkin Success Center and 10th Floor of Lincoln Tower. You can reach an on call counselor when CCS is closed at 614-292-5766 and 24 hour emergency help is also available through the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.