Tips for Faculty

In the Classroom

Create opportunities for connections in your classroom and work to engage the withdrawn or socially isolated student.

Phrase feedback positively whenever possible.

During critiques, emphasize the purpose, process and benefit of them.  Seek to normalize the experience by using examples, such as an invited upperclassman’s work.  Understand that some student lack basic life skills and could be deficient in many areas.

Outside the Classroom

Identify career counseling as a tool for personal growth.  Contact Career Services at (423) 478-6217 for more information.

Encourage student involvement in events, campus clubs, and/or community activities.  Contact Student Activities Coordinator at (423) 473-6233.

Inform students with disabilities about the self-identification process to utilize accommodations.  Contact Disability Support Services at (423) 478-6217.

Engage with students at activities and on campus.  Help them feel valued.

Consult with the BIT as needed.  They are available for feedback, assistance, and support.

Talking to Students about Your Concerns

Be cognizant about the limits of your ability to help.  You can help an individual access support by informing him/her of the college’s Counseling & Career Services Center.  Counselors in this office can provide assistance and make referrals to appropriate professionals in the community.  If a person is receptive to seeing a counselor, provide him/her with the Counseling & Career Services Center’s phone number (423) 478-6217.  Below are statements that can begin a conversation.

“Sounds like you are really struggling with _________.  Many people find it helpful to have a confidential discussion with someone who is objective and outside of the situation.”

“I want to help you get the help you need and deserve.”

“Meeting with a counselor is confidential and will not go on your academic record.”

“These services are free; so take advantage of them.”


Dos and Don'ts for Responding to Suicidal Gestures

  • Do show that you take the individual’s feelings seriously
  • Do let the individual know that you want to help
  • Do listen attentively and empathize
  • Do reassure that with help and motivation, he/she can develop a positive outlook
  • Do stay close until help is available or risk has passed
  • Don’t try to shock or challenge the individual
  • Don’t assume the individual is only seeking attention
  • Don’t become argumentative
  • Don’t react with shock or disdain at the individual’s thoughts and feelings
  • Don’t discount the individual’s distress

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