College is a time of vast changes that aren’t always easily handled. Some students experience difficulties related to the transition and adjustment to college, while others may experience a less predictable crisis that challenges their capacity to cope effectively. On rare occasions, students may become despondent and hopeless and find it difficult to think about continuing to live or they become confused and angry and find it hard to be around others.
Binghamton University faculty and staff are often some of the first people to identify students who may be encountering these emotional difficulties. And while it’s not your responsibility to deal one-on-one with a student’s emotional crisis, you play an extremely important role in referring students for help because their respect and regard for you may make them more willing to accept a referral. And it’s your expression of interest and concern that can persuade these students to take advantage of the resources available on campus and in the community.
On this site we provide information that can help you if you encounter students who are facing emotional difficulties. Feel free to contact the Counseling Center at 777-2772 if you have other questions or need additional assistance.
• Faculty guide—Students in Distress: The Faculty Role
• How and when to refer students for counseling
• Responding to disturbing content in students’ work
Last Updated: 10/4/11