College life can be difficult for students. With mounting academic, social, and financial stressors, some students will struggle and see a drop in their academic performance and overall functioning. Sometimes these stressors are precipitating events that may lead to a mental health crisis, including having suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, research indicates that only a small proportion of students who are considering suicide talk with a counselor. As a strategy for early intervention we want every member of our Very Caring University to be equipped with skills in identifying and intervening with students in psychological distress.
University Counseling Services has recently purchased an online, interactive gatekeeper training program aimed at increasing the safety net for students by educating our faculty in identifying signs of distress, learning effective listening skills, approaching students they are worried about, and referring them to support services if necessary. This program, titled At-Risk for Faculty & Staff, was developed by Kognito and has been used at more than 100 campuses nationwide. When students have adequate support and resources to thrive retention and graduation rates improve. Let’s work together to ensure the well-being and success of every VCU student!
If you’d like more information about the course you can watch this brief video found online here.
To take the free, online, 45-minute course, follow the instructions below: