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Members of the RIT Community work together toward maintaining an environment of support, respect and caring to contribute to student success. Whether you are staff, faculty, a student or family member of a student at RIT, we all play a role.
Counseling and Psychological Services provides consultation to faculty, staff, family, or friends who may be concerned about a student’s wellbeing, as well as evaluation and treatment for students who are in distress.
Many people have questions and concerns about reaching out to a student who may be suffering-these concerns include fear of embarrassing the student, invading privacy, or not knowing how to approach and follow through to help. However, evidence about violence, suicide and other concerns to campus safety suggests students feel cared for, recognized and more safe when others express concern and take action to help.
Contacting a campus resource for consultation or questions is always an option. Consult with Counseling and Psychological Services, or other campus partners to ask the right questions, gain further information about how to respond to a student, or to request that someone outreach to the student.
3 steps you can take to contribute toward wellness and safety for the campus community:
If a student confides in you, or if you are truly concerned about a student, reaching out early may be the key to prevention, connection and making a difference in a student’s life.
If you notice signs of severe distress in a student, the best step to take is contacting Public Safety. Public Safety will assess the situation, respond and may contact the most appropriate resource for you. For other resources about responding to urgent mental health situations, see Get Help Now
Make a referral to Counseling and Psychological Services
• Encourage the student to visit our office, providing them with information that helps them to connect with us and sharing any positive experiences that you may have from the past.
• Assist the student in connecting with our office. You could offer to assist by making the first call to schedule a counseling appointment together or you could escort the student to the Counseling and Psychological Services office, located on the second floor of the August Center.
If you are unsure of how or when to refer a student, we encourage you to contact our office for a brief consultation.
Follow up with the student
Check in with the student later about whether they were connected with the appropriate resource. Ask about their experience. Offer to advocate for them if needed.