1. Download Materials
Download the Quick Reference Guide for Helping Students.
2. Syllabus Statement
Adding a simple statement to your syllabus is a great way to let your students know that you care about their well-being and to share valuable resources with them. Here are two examples shared with us from other Universities through the Education Advisory Board (EAB) that we have adapted for your use:
If you find yourself struggling with your physical or mental health this semester, please feel free to approach me. I try to be flexible and accommodating. You may also contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) which provides confidential services at no cost to Seton Hall students. Call (973)761-9500 or visit their website for more information.
(adapted from Northwestern University)
As a student you may experience a range of issues can cause barriers to learning. These might include strained relationships, high levels of stress, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, or loss of motivation. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help with these and other issues you may experience. Help is always available. You can learn about free, confidential mental health services available to you by calling (973)761-9500 or visiting their website.
(adapted from The University of Wisconsin at Madison)
3. Responding to a Student in Distress
Each Action Step Provides a Script for Communicating with Distressed Students
Say What You See
"Hi ____, I just wanted to check in. I've noticed ____ and wanted to see if you wanted to talk about it."
Show You Care
"I care about your well-being, so I just wanted to check in on to see how you're doing. I want to know how I can be the most helpful for you."
Hear Them Out
"That sounds hard, how is that affecting your life?"
Know Your Role
"I'm sorry you're going through this, and honored that you've been vulnerable with me..."
Connect Them to Help
"Reaching out to ____ for the first time can be a little confusing. Would you like help connecting to ____ ?"
(adapted from Stanford University)