Health Services: Faculty & Staff Resources

Are you concerned about a student?

As a faculty, staff, or administrator interacting with students, you are in an excellent position to recognize behavior changes that characterize the distressed student. A student’s behavior, especially if it changes over time, could well be an indicator of distress or “a cry for help”. Your ability to recognize signs of distress and to acknowledge your concerns directly to the student is often noted by students as the most significant factor in their successful problem resolution.

Learn To Identify/Support Students Of Concern

Refer Students To Counseling At Health Services

Consult with Health Services or the Mental Health Services Advisory Committee (MHSAC)

For Student Behavior/Conduct Incidents

Student Of Concern Process On Campus

A Note About Confidentiality

If you are concerned about the welfare or safety of a student, you may share student information with college administrators, campus police, or health services; this is not a violation of student privacy. Please remember NOT to send identifying student information via email.

Safety concerns warranting disclosure could include a student’s suicidal statements or ideations, unusually erratic or angry behaviors, or conduct that others would reasonably see as posing a risk of serious harm.

For more information about FERPA and confidentiality, please see the

Health Services

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All of us benefit from support during times of struggle. You are not alone. There are helpful resources available on campus and an important part of the college experience is learning how to ask for help. Getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do – for yourself and for those who care about you.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any academic stress, difficult life events, or feelings like anxiety or depression, we strongly encourage you to seek support.

West Valley College Health Services offers free confidential personal counseling to all students. Call 408-741-2027 or drop by the Health Services office Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:30pm.

last published: 9/28/17