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ERIC Number: EJ947352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0739-0394
Dealing with Mental Health Issues on Campus Starts with Early Recognition and Intervention
Futo, Jeff
Campus Law Enforcement Journal, v41 n3 p22-23, 28 May-Jun 2011
A fair number of students are not in the proper frame of mind to be "prepared" for their future beyond the academic world due to the stressors associated with higher education. Finances, relationships, mental health issues, and so on, all contribute to someone being pushed to the edge when combined with the pressures of papers, exams, and deadlines. Inundated with mental health issues, university and college administrators are working overtime on behavioral review committees, threat assessment teams, and crisis teams to troubleshoot and create plans of action for at-risk students. University police departments are establishing Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) to train their officers on how to respond and talk to students when they are in crisis and teach them how to properly refer the person in crisis to services. Universities and colleges, however, need the support and involvement of every university community member and stakeholder. Professional residence hall staff, police, and university officials can only respond to mental health situations when they are made aware of them. Crisis teams and behavioral committees can only intervene when they are provided the information from faculty and staff. It is up to every community member to look for the signs of mental health problems in friends, students, coworkers, and visitors rather than ignore them. Every community member must learn to recognize the signs that a problem may be developing. Every community member must learn how to get involved and the best methods of intervention. Universities and colleges should be educating their students, staff, and faculty about the signs of mental health issues and crises and providing them with information about how to handle it. In this article, the author provides some training recommendations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A