Students encounter stress from various sources, including academics, family struggles, social dynamics, work obligations and financial worries. While many students are able to independently navigate the challenges of college life, some find the pressures overwhelming.
Ineffectively managing emotional stress poses a significant threat to a student's overall well-being. The expression of interest and concern by a faculty or staff member can play a crucial role in helping a struggling student regain the emotional balance essential for success in a university environment.
Your willingness to assist students in distress is influenced by your personal style and beliefs regarding the extent of responsibility for fostering students' emotional and intellectual growth. Some students may be more receptive to assistance than others, and factors like class size and the nature of your relationship with the student can impact the interactions you have. It is vital to be realistic about what support you can provide when deciding how to help a student.
Lastly, supporting students in distress can be emotionally challenging. It's crucial to prioritize your well-being. Don't hesitate to reach out for assistance from colleagues and supervisors. Engaging with a counselor can also provide valuable support. Counseling services are accessible at no cost for faculty and staff members covered by UT's health insurance benefits through the Employee Assistance Program.
To obtain handout copies of this material transformed into a Quick Response Guide for faculty and staff on supporting students in distress, please fill out the form available at this link: Form for Quick Response Guide.