Faculty, administrators, and staff are often key figures in student help-seeking efforts. First, you are often in a direct position to observe students and to be aware of their behavior. Second, students frequently turn to informal help-givers like yourself to obtain advice and support. Although you are not expected to provide counseling, it is helpful for you to understand the critical role you can play in:
For more information, please view the following video featuring two Loyola faculty members: How Faculty Can Help or our Faculty Cares Card.
Visit the following links for additional information:
- Kognito is a free online tool that Loyola is using to help students, faculty, staff, and administrators learn to recognize signs of psychological distress in various student populations. Users learn how to approach at-risk students and make appropriate referrals to campus support services for screening and assessment. Kognito teaches users to do this through online role-play conversations with virtual students. Learners attain hands-on practice managing challenging, and often sensitive, conversations surrounding mental health and master the skills necessary to identify and connect students to help.
- Students dealing with illness or loss
- Interactive Learning Module created by the University of Minnesota that will allow you to effectively identify and engage with students who may have mental health concerns, as well as to determine and share appropriate resources.
Please note, the Counseling Center does not provide documentation or "excuse notes" for missed classes or assignments. Concerns related to missed classes or assignments should be addressed with the class professor or Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. Students seeking academic accommodations related to their mental health should contact Disability Support Services. The Counseling Center can assist with connecting students to these resources, when needed.