Referring a Student
How You Can Help
Most college students experience stress at some point during their undergraduate years. Academic pressure, family conflicts, relationship problems, and mental health issues are some of the factors that can cause significant personal distress. Although some students are able to use their own initiative and resources to cope with the challenges that come their way, others will sometimes feel overwhelmed by the various pressures of life. Too often, these students struggle with their problems alone instead of getting the help they need.
Wheaton faculty, staff, and residential advisors often encounter distressed students in the course of their work. Consequently, they can play a crucial role in identifying students who are in distress and referring them to the Counseling Center. The following guidelines are designed to help you recognize students in distress, communicate with them effectively, and refer them for counseling.