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Recognizing and Assisting Emotionally Troubled Students

The emotional and academic pressures of university life, while manageable and even exhilarating for most students, can be simply overwhelming for others. Such students may not yet have developed adequate coping skills or may be struggling with relatively long-standing emotional concerns that are exacerbated by the transition to college life.

If you are reading this, it is likely that a student experiencing emotional distress has turned to you for help. Or, because of your relationship with a student, you may be able to see that the person you care about needs assistance.

These guidelines are meant to help you recognize, intervene and refer emotionally troubled students to the Counseling Center so that they can get the help they need. Keep in mind that sometimes the issues that students present might also warrant a referral to the Office of the Chaplain.



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