Students in Distress: A Helper's Guide

As an Oklahoma State University faculty, staff or teaching assistant, you will likely encounter a student in distress. Your role as a possible helper is not only valuable, it could be crucial. In most cases, you will be able to respond effectively to student needs; however, there might be occasions when you would want to refer a student to someone else for assistance.

The Students in Distress: A Helper's Guide is offered to help you recognize signs of student distress and to suggest basic guidelines for effective interventions; however, each student presents a unique situation. If you are concerned about a student’s behavior and/or health, it is always wise to seek consultation with a professional.

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center, Student Conduct Education and Administration, University Counseling Services and Student Disability Services are examples of offices prepared to respond to your questions should you need additional help assisting a student or making an appropriate referral.