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At one time or another everyone feels upset or distressed. However, there are three levels of concern which, when present over time, suggest that these problems may be outside the norm. It is important to consider each type of behavior in context for the individual in question.
When an individual is emotionally troubled (e.g., depressed, manic, unstable), you may observe the following behaviors:
In an individual exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior, you may observe the following:
When an individual is deficient in skills that regulate emotion, cognition, self, behavior and relationships, you may observe the following:
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Richland CARES provides the following tools and resources to increase your understanding and comfort in responding to students who may be in distress.
Kognito At Risk. This is a 30-45 on-line training that helps college employees and students learn the indicators of mental health distress and how best to approach an at-risk or struggling student to make a referral to the CARE Team using videogame/ simulation technology. access the Richland College Kognito Program Richland College offers three versions of the “Kognito At Risk” Training:
To access the Richland College Kognito Program:
Kognito On-Line Training
On-Line Distressed Students Guide. For tips on how to respond to distressed students refer to the
Distressed Students Guide, published by the counseling services from the University of California - Santa Barbara. The guide addresses how to deal with students who have problems ranging from aggression and potential violence to substance abuse, suicide and irrational behavior. The Guide is located at the bottom of the webpage. Clicking on one of the problems listed, leads to a page of useful information, including dos and don’ts for each type of behavior.
Guide for Assisting Students in Need. The Guide
[Helping Students In Distress: A Faculty & Staff Guide For Assisting Students In Need] has been developed to provide you with a useful resource for recognizing students who may be experiencing emotional, physical, or developmental challenges and difficulties. This brochure will provide some basic guidelines for addressing a wide range of student behaviors. It also serves as a guide to assist you in making voluntary referrals to campus resources. We are not expecting that you would act as a professional counselor, but hope this information is helpful as you work with students in your role as a faculty or staff member.