Information for Faculty

College students may encounter a great deal of stress during their academic experience. Although many students cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some, the pressures can become overwhelming and unmanageable. Students may experience stressors as they attempt to perform well academically, begin their career path, navigate interpersonal relationships, and as they balance academic, work, and family obligations.

As a faculty member interacting daily with students, you are in an excellent position to recognize potential problems. You are likely to be the first person a student reaches out to for help. Your ability to recognize the signs of emotional distress and to make an initial intervention can hae a significant impact on a student's future well being.

Common Causes of Emotional Distress

Common Warning Signs of Student Distress

Academic Problems

Interpersonal Problems

Behavior Problems

What Faculty Can Do

If you have noticed any of these warnings signs, you are faced with the decision of whether or not to intervene. Although your faculty appointment is demanding, your interest in your student's well being can make an important difference to a person in distress.

If you decide to intervene, here are some suggestions:   

If the student appears to be in imminent danger of hurting self or others, consult the Counseling Services office or the police immediately. Do not promise to keep threats to self or others secret.

How to make a Counseling Referral

Presenting yourself as knowledgeable about campus services can ease a student's discomfort about seeking help. Here are some suggestions for emergency and non-emergency situations.

Emergency Referrals (when a student is in imminent danger or hurting self or others)

During Regular Business Hours

If the emergency occurs during regular NMT business hours (Mon-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) call Counseling Services at 835-6619. State that you need crisis support and ask to speak to the director immediately. If you believe that the student or another person is in imminent danger or out of control, call Campus Police at 835-5434.  Provide a description of the situation that has lead to your concern. Counseling Services will advise you of the appropriate actions to take to most      effectively help the student.

Outside of Regular Business Hours

If the emergency occurs outside of Counseling Services business hours, call Campus Police at 835-5434 and inform them of the situation. They will contact Counseling Services and/or Socorro Mental Health 835-2444 as needed.

Non-Emergency Referrals

Encourage the student to contact Counseling Services directly to schdule an intital intake interview, by calling 835-6619.  

Offer to let the student call from your office if you believe that they need extra support and encouragement or walk the student to our office.

It might helpful to share with the student that Counseling Services is staffed by licensed mental health professionals.