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What to do?
Showing that you care by talking with a student that is experiencing stress or distress can helpful. Here are some things to consider as you do so:
Find a place that offers privacy and comfort so that the student can talk openly without fear of others hearing. Listening attentively may help the student feel less isolated and gain confidence in taking steps toward wellness.
Never promise confidentiality
You don’t know what a student will disclose to you and you don’t know if danger is imminent.
Be factual, respectful and direct
Be specific. Express your concern and share your observations of the changes you have seen in them. For example, say, “I’ve noticed that you haven’t been your usual talkative self with others lately.”
A student may react emotionally to the conversation. Remember that your empathetic approach may help them feel heard and validated in the conversation.
Familiarize yourself with the services that CPM provides on campus as well as through the community resources on the college's website. Explain ways that help are available, and emphasize that seeking help is a sign of strength.