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According to the 2016 National Health Assessment by the American College Health Association, over 60% of students felt overwhelming anxiety at some point in the past 12 months. Additionally, over 30% of students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult for them to function, and approximately 10% said they had seriously considered suicide in the past year.
Faculty members, staff members, RA’s and student leaders can play an important role in ensuring students experiencing distress receive the help and support they need. Working with students on a daily basis provides a unique opportunity to notice warning signs of mental distress and to point them in the right direction for help. But how do you know what to look for and what to do when you notice warning signs?
The University Counseling Center is offering At-Risk, a new online simulation designed to help you identify and approach students in mental distress and, if necessary, refer them to our University Counseling Center. By completing this simulation, you will be more comfortable and better prepared to help these at-risk students get the assistance they need. There are two versions of this training – one for staff/faculty, and one for students.
In these highly interactive simulations, you will have the opportunity to engage in simulated conversations with virtual students. You will receive coaching and feedback along the way to help you in your conversations with students. The simulations takes about 40-45 minutes to complete, but your progress is automatically saved along the way if you need to stop and resume later.
The training is listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s joint Best Practices Registry for suicide prevention programs. Research shows that over 96% of users surveyed reported satisfaction with the training and agreed that their colleagues or peers should also take the training. Research also shows that users show significant increases in their confidence, skills and behaviors related to having conversations with students of concern and referring them to appropriate resources.
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