The Counselling Centre
Concerned Faculty & Staff
University can be stressful for many students. Most students cope well but some do not and their behaviour can become concerning. Sometimes students come from families where they did not learn effective coping skills. In general, you should become involved with a student in distress when you notice changes in their behaviour or become aware of an inability to function academically, personally and/or socially. Becoming involved does not mean you listen to their problems or advise them frequently. Becoming involved means connecting the student with the most appropriate resources to support them while offering to follow up.
For more information check out The Counselling Centre booklet on How to Help A Student in Distress at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1V77GINWkuKcyM1xQYZR3fXMP7GMvvk0z
All faculty and staff (excluding student staff) have the opportunity to participate in The Mental Health Series, which includes three sessions (Mental Health 101, 202 and 303) designed to increase confidence responding to and supporting students in distress. Visit http://www.smu.ca/campus-life/faculty-and-staff-workshop.html for more information.