Counseling Service

Helping Students in Distress

If you believe a student may be at immediate risk, please call Campus Police at 911 or (301) 405-3333.

Has this ever happened to you?

  • A student comes to your office and is obviously intoxicated and disruptive.
  • A student reveals to you that he/she is having thoughts of suicide.
  • A student, obviously upset, tells you that despite her third-year standing she is thinking about changing her academic major for the third time.
  • A student, who is usually well-prepared for class begins to miss class, fails to complete assignments, and becomes inattentive to hygiene and personal appearance.

To consult with a Counseling Center professional about a non-emergency student issue, please call the Faculty/Staff warmline at (301) 314-7651.

The Problem

College students often experience high levels of stress. Most students successfully cope with university life; however, some become overwhelmed. A significant number of college students have their education and personal lives disrupted by psychological problems. When psychological difficulties go untreated, the results can be serious and include academic failure and even withdrawal from the university.

Most psychological problems – even the more serious disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress – have high rates of recovery if appropriate help is received in time. Unfortunately, many students fail to get the help they need for any number of reasons, including lack of knowledge about the early signs of psychological difficulties, denial, and lack of information about campus resources that can provide help.

Your Role

Faculty and staff play a key role in identifying and responding to distressed students. As a faculty or staff member, you often get the first glimpse of students in trouble and may be the first person who students turn to for help. Responding to students in distress, however, can be confusing and overwhelming. Counseling Center staff psychologists, academic skills counselors and disability support specialists are prepared to assist you in responding to students in distress.