The Student Center for Health and Well-Being encourages faculty and staff to utilize its resources.
INFORMATION FOR FACULTY/STAFF
MEMO TO: Faculty and Staff
PURPOSE: National statistics indicate college students are experiencing increased and more complex mental health concerns. Also, students increasingly are on medications for mental health problems.
This trend is true at the College of St. Scholastica as well. This reality presents a challenging task for CSS faculty/staff.
The purpose of this memo is to present some challenges faculty/staff may face regarding students with mental health concerns and to outline the process of making a referral to Counseling Services. I also recommend going to our web site at www.css.edu/schawb.xml for more comprehensive information and to view the names and faces of staff that provide counseling services, health services, and psychiatric services at The College of St Scholastica.
THE CHALLENGES: Increasing numbers of students are entering college with a complex set of emotional concerns. Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Suicidal Thinking, are realities that we are faced with in working with today's students.
Faculty/staff may become aware of a student having emotional difficulties in several ways: An assignment requiring self exploration or self disclosure, observation of a student's behavior, the student openly sharing with you the difficulties they are experiencing, or hearing from another faculty, staff, or student. Regardless of how you may have become aware of a student's difficulties, you may be faced with these challenges:
These are questions you may have struggled with or discussed. While not having the answer for these challenging issues, this document hopes to outline some guidelines to help process these issues for yourself and your department.
Counseling Services and Student Support Services will consult with faculty and staff concerning these issues with students at any time!
WHAT DO I SAY TO THESE STUDENTS ?
AS A CONCERNED PERSON, HOW MUCH COUNSEL DO I GIVE THESE STUDENTS?
WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS CAN I/SHOULD I MAKE FOR THESE STUDENTS?
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY IN REGARDS TO ISSUES STUDENTS MAY PRESENT?
While there is no legal or policy document related to this question, the school recommends the following actions be taken:
HOW AND WHEN I MAKE A REFERRAL FOR COUNSELING?
If you have any questions regarding this information or other questions regarding the mental health concerns of CSS students, please feel free to call Tad Sears at x6017 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.