Assisting Students in Need

Identifying a Problem

OCD and Other Anxiety Disorders

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learn how to recognize and understand symptoms in college students.

As a faculty or staff member working with students, you are in a position to notice when a student may be struggling.  But it can be difficult at times to tell whether a student’s behavior (such as a change in grade performance or excessive absences) is indicative of a more serious problem, or to know what action to take to help the student. See Counseling and Psychological Services’ “Guide for Helping Students in Distress for tips on recognizing students experiencing mild to severe stress and how you may provide assistance.

Assisting a Student in Need

Common Scenarios: If you are having trouble thinking about what to say or what to do if you find out a student is having personal problems, Counseling and Psychological Services created a list of common scenarios with action steps you should take.

Referring to services:  It is not your role to diagnose or provide therapy to students, but rather to help students to succeed.  One of the best things you can do to help a student who is struggling with mental health concerns is to refer him/her to the appropriate resources.  Visit our resource database to learn about services available to U-M students on campus and in the surrounding area.

Assisting graduate students:  For faculty and staff working with graduate students, see the Rackham Graduate School guide, Managing Student Mental and Emotional Health Concerns: Considerations for Faculty and Staff Who Work with Graduate Students. This resource is intended to serve as a practical guide for use by department and program leadership in preparation for and in the management of situations involving students in need.


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