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Any member of the Northwest Missouri State University community may come into contact with a distressed student. Many students come to the attention of faculty or staff through journal entries or papers. Being aware of distress signals, methods of intervention, and sources of help for the student can help you feel more in control of situations that may arise. The mental health professionals at the Counseling Center are available to faculty and staff for consultation. Feel free to call us at 562-1348 if you would like to discuss any of these situations further. You may also refer to the section on handouts for more specific information.
Listed below are some of the more prevalent signs of someone in distress. This list is intended to provide basic information only and is not a substitute for clinical intervention.
While it is not expected that you be a "watchdog" or that you provide a thorough assessment, you may be first contact for a student in distress and in a position to ask a few questions. Following these guidelines can lead to a positive outcome for all.
The Counseling Center staff are also available to you should you want to "debrief" after dealing with a distressed student.
Many students are hesitant about seeing a therapist and it is generally helpful to project a positive and accepting attitude about counseling when referring a student to the Counseling Center. Reassure the student that all information is confidential.
We do ask that students call ahead to set up an intake appointment. It is fine if you want to initiate the call, but we will want to talk with the student as well. Our phone number is 562-1348 and we are located at Wellness Services.
We have regularly scheduled intake and daily crisis appointment times and try to accommodate students through those. Obviously not every crisis can be scheduled and so we also do walk-ins. It is always best to call ahead and alert the staff if you are referring a student you believe to be in crisis. Try to have someone walk the student over to Wellness Services.
Please remember that a counselor is available for consultation at 562-1348 during office hours (Monday thru Friday, 8:00AM - 5:00PM) if you should have questions or concerns.
During non-office hours, a counselor can be reached through University Police at 562-1254.
Once a student becomes a client of Wellness Services, information becomes confidential. The staff will try to relieve any anxiety you may have about the student, but without a release from that student, we cannot even divulge if they are attending sessions. Please be understanding of our constraints regarding confidentiality.