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A RESOURCE GUIDE Referring students to counseling

Introduction I N TODAYS SOCIETY, college students are faced with ever increasing stress in many areas of their lives. As Bentley University staff and faculty members, we witness firsthand the impact these stresses can have on the lives of our students. This brochure is provided by the Counseling and Student Development staff as a resource to guide you in your contact with students and provide information about some of the more serious issues they may experience. We hope that you will find

HOW TO REFER It is not unusual to feel uncomfortable referring a student to counseling. You may be concerned that the student will be offended or you may have your own reservations about counseling. However, students usually respond well to a solid and thoughtful suggestion for counseling, especially if they sought your advice. The manner in which you present the topic can do a great deal to comfort the student. Therefore, it is important that you prepare adequately for the discussion and approa

Common Problems and Ways to Help When discussing counseling with a student, there are different strategies you can employ depending on the specific issue he or she is facing. Below are some common problems that students experience as well as tips for addressing them. ANXIETY Anxiety can occur in a range of different circumstances or may be situationspecific. Tests, social gatherings and public speaking are just some of the situations that can create anxiety. Common symptoms of anxiety include s

HOW TO DISCUSS EATING DISORDERS Select a time to talk with the student when you are not rushed and will not be interrupted. In a direct but nonpunitive manner, indicate to the student the specific observations that have aroused your concern. You are not responsible to diagnose or provide therapy, but rather to provide a compassionate and forthright conversation that ultimately will help a student move toward treatment. If the information you receive is compelling, communicate your concern ab

DEPRESSION Depression is the most common mental health problem and can be a temporary reaction to loss, stress, or life challenges. Sometimes, it can be alleviated through the passage of time and natural healing effects of support, daily routines, and coping strategies like exercise. Severe and chronic depression, on the other hand, usually requires professional help and is highly responsive to psychotherapy and medication. The symptoms of depression include anxiety, irritation, or anger feeling

SUICIDE Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Suicidal thoughts often are associated with major depression, a combination of acute anxiety and depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. Individuals who are suicidal may give clues about their feelings or intentions, and a clear suicide plan and the means to execute it are highly dangerous signs. The use of alcohol and drugs greatly increases the risk of suicide. Other common risk factors includ

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