The Faculty’s role in student mental health*:
- Faculty can be first to notice changes in either emotional health or academic success
- Students in need often turn to faculty as reliable and trustworthy resources for guidance beyond academics
- Online Faculty may be the only connection between off-campus students and the campus community, perhaps even the only person interacting with a specific student during a period of time
- Online Faculty are uniquely positioned to connect students in distress to counseling and other resources
The impact of psychological distress on students’ academic progress*:
- Receive lower grades on exams or important projects
- Receive lower grades in their courses
- Receive an incomplete or drop their courses
- Experience a significant disruption in thesis, dissertation, research, or practicum work
- 86% of students with a diagnosis of mental illness fail to complete their degree, more than double the rate of the general population
- Substance use disorders also strongly associated with lower GPA
So, how can you help? Click on the resources below for more information about how faculty can help our LPC students take control of their mental health and succeed!
Behavioral Intervention Resource Team. The Behavioral Intervention Resource Team (BIRT) is a group of individuals skilled in dealing with disruptive situations and includes representatives from Campus Safety, Student Services, Student Health & Wellness Services, Student Mental Health Services, Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Faculty, and Academic Counseling.
Recognizing a Student in Need. Tips on how to identify a student who might be distressed.
Getting your student help. What steps to take to get your student help.
Kognito Mental Health Training for Educators. Faculty and staff have access to this research-proven FREE training program. Participating in this training will help you become better informed to provide help to students in need.
Mental Health Community Referrals. Contacts for agencies in the community that can provide additional assistance to students in need.