Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

“Often faculty are the first people to know that something’s wrong, but they don’t know what they can do to help.” -Sharon A. Caraballa, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

A Faculty Handbook


The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia is one of many organizations working to promote safety and wellness within public and private campus communities across the Commonwealth. The Center utilizes a Public Health approach to build the infrastructure necessary to promote mental health for all students, identify and support those with mental health concerns and effectively respond to individuals who are at risk for suicide.

Part I: Recognizing and Responding to Students in Crisis

  • Recognizing Students in Distress
  • Responding to Students in Distress
  • State and National Support

Part II: Promoting Student Well Being

  • Foundations for Supporting Students
  • Helping Students Balance Stress

Part III: Synopsis of Student Concerns and Conditions

  • Academic Concerns
  • General Concerns
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Traumatic Experiences