Faculty/Staff Concerned about Someone

The undergraduate and graduate school experience at NIU can have many positive and rewarding benefits for students. However, there are times when academic, financial and/or emotional concerns can also impact students in more significant ways. Numerous factors and situations can contribute to a student's personal worries, and this can include mental health concerns. Due to your position, status and/or visibility on campus, students who are experiencing emotional distress may turn to you for help. Or, because of your role, you may find yourself working with a student who is demonstrating behavior that causes you to be concerned about their emotional well-being, personal safety and/or the safety of others.

The guidelines below will help you to recognize, intervene and refer at-risk students to Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) so that they can get the help they need.

Recognizing Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Concerns

At one time or another, everyone feels stressed, depressed or anxious. However, some behaviors can suggest that a student is dealing with more substantial concerns that are having a significant impact on their lives. Provided below are behaviors and other examples that can indicate three different levels of concerns (adapted from information originally provided by the Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas, Austin).

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Campus Life Building, room 200
815-753-1206
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11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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