The Do's | Step Up & Speak Out | Kent State University

The Do's

  • DO trust your intuition.

  • DO call 911 if you are concerned for an individual's immediate safety or if an individual needs immediate attention.

  • Do stay calm

  • DO take you time and be patient when responding to someone at risk.

  • DO listen carefully to better understand the individual's concerns.

  • DO take concerns seriously.

  • DO offer hope, reasons to be hopeful, alternatives to the situation, resource information and information on how helpful treatment can be.

  • DO urge the individuals to accept professional support. Consider making a phone call to a mental health resource to connect the individual to appropriate services. Review your campus card for resources specific to your location.