Step Up and Speak Out

Dear Kent State University Faculty or Staff Member,
   
Step Up and Speak Out is a collaborative initiative involving Psychological Services, University Health Services, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Police Services intended to better educate university community members on how to assist distressed or disruptive individuals.
   
Each campus has a unique resource card and response guide specific to each location. The response guide will assist you with recognizing behavioral signs and symptoms ranging from minimal risk to self or others, to urgent situations requiring immediate assistance. Additionally, all Kent State students will have access to a crisis text line and a 24-hour support and crisis call line to provide evening and weekend triage service and referrals.
   
Please visit the Step Up and Speak Out website to view resources at other campuses and to assist you in making choices when responding to individuals in emotional distress. Lastly, please download the Step Up and Speak Out mobile app on Android or Apple platforms.
   
To request a training session or additional information for your academic department or administrative unit, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 330-672-4050.
   
Best wishes for a successful academic year!
   
Sincerely,   
   
Jennifer Kulics, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
Division of Student Affairs
330-672-4050