Assisting Emotionally Distressed Students:
Faculty and Staff Guide
What is the College Mental Health Program?
Regular contact with students at Saddleback College is typically pleasant and productive. However, on occasion we experience behavior that causes concern for us about a student’s well being. Various campus services are available to provide support for you and your students if situations of concern arise. This website is provided by the College Mental Health Program in response to your requests for recommendations and support in dealing with troubling student behavior on campus.
This website offers concrete advice and guidance on how to aid emotionally distressed students and how to refer them for on-campus help. Because of your daily interaction with students, you are in a unique position to recognize those who may be emotionally troubled. A student’s behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your previous observations, might be a “cry for help.” Your ability to recognize the signs of emotional distress, coupled with your courage to acknowledge your concerns directly to the student, are often noted by students as the most significant factor in their successful problem resolution. Intervention and referrals from caring individuals may be the first steps in helping students regain their emotional health.
When to Immediately Call Police
- You or another person is in immediate danger
- You believe that a student is about to harm her/himself
- A student is out of control and is disrupting the classroom.