Health Services: Faculty & Staff Resources

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 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.

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 and angry behaviors, or similar conduct that others would reasonably see as posing a risk of serious harm.

For more information about FERPA and confidentiality, please see the Assisting the Distressed Student Guide.

Health Services:

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.

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