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Faculty Resources Available to Assist Students with Mental Health Emergencies and Concerns

Faculty Resources Available to Assist Students with Mental Health Emergencies and Concerns

Dear Colleagues,

Today’s college students  are experiencing increasing academic, financial, familial and social stressors, which can lead to significant emotional distress  and contribute to or exacerbate serious  psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and other mental health concerns.  Unfortunately, these concerns can interfere with students’ academic functioning and at times compromise their ability to remain in school.   As a faculty member, you play an important role in ensuring that students in distress receive the assistance, guidance and support they need to flourish intellectually, academically and psychologically during their time at Fordham.

With this in mind, the Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life  and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs worked together closely to prepare four easy-to-use reference guides for faculty in the event of various emergencies and/or mental health situations with students.  These four guides provide essential information related to serious mental health emergencies and referral of suicidal students, safety and security emergencies, emotional emergencies, and alcohol and other drug emergencies.  The guides can be found at www.fordham.edu/facultyguides  or on the faculty tab of the portal.  We encourage you to review all four brochures and become familiar with the referral process described in each brochure.

In addition, the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services now offers Kognito, an interactive online training that has been empirically demonstrated to assist faculty with learning best practices for identifying, approaching, and if necessary, referring students in psychological distress. This training has been identified by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a best practice resource for preventing suicide.   We strongly encourage you to participate in this online course.  To begin, please go to the following website:   http://aruf.kognito.com.  To create a user id, click on the “Access Training” link and enter your name, Fordham email and the following enrollment key: fordham25.  Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Ng, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, at jeng@fordham.edu if you have any questions or feedback about the course.

As the importance of this work indicates, the Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life and the Division of Student Affairs strive to find ever better ways to serve our students.   We welcome your thoughts and suggestions for future projects through which faculty and Student Affairs can enhance the student experience.   We sincerely hope we can work together to better serve each and every student under our care.

Grace Vernon
Faculty Senate President

Jeffry Gray
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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