Faculty & Staff Resources

In an emergency, immediately call Drake Public Safetyat 515-271-2222 or 911.

A situation rises to the level of an emergency in all cases where any of the following occur:

  • A person threatens their own life
  • A person makes an attempt, or is known to be planning to make an attempt, on their own life
  • A person makes a threat against another person
  • A person seems very upset and does not calm down after a period of time, in conjunction with comments that indicate that the student finds life to be hopeless, pointless, etc. 

All threats of suicide should be taken very seriously.

Tips & Requirements for Faculty and Staff Assisting Students with Mental Health Needs

Faculty and staff may be faced with situations where they encounter students struggling with mental health. Students may disclose mental health difficulties to faculty and staff, or faculty and staff may notice warning signs in students.

If you suspect a student of having mental health difficulties, consider if they meet any/several of the following warning signs:

  • Withdrawal from social interaction
  • Not functioning at previous levels (e.g. receiving poor grads, quitting sports)
  • Has problems concentrating, remembering things, or thinking or speaking
  • Increasingly sensitive to sights, sounds, smells, or touch
  • Apathetic toward activities
  • Feels disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings
  • Thinks illogically, or like a child
  • Nervous, fearful, or suspicious
  • Acts unusually
  • Experiences sleep or appetite changes
  • Rapidly changes moods 

If a student has disclosed mental health difficulties to you, do not leave them alone. If they try to leave, attempt to persuade them to stay with you and seek help. If they insist on leaving, call and report the situation to call Drake Public Safetyat 515-271-2222 if you believe the student is a threat to themselves or others.

If it is not an emergency situation and it is during normal business hours, call the University Counseling Center at (515) 271-3864. You may choose to walk the student to the Counseling Center, located in Building #42 on the Campus Map. Be sure to explain to the Counseling Center that you are a faculty and/or staff member calling on behalf of a student. Also be sure to mention that this is an urgent situation.

Immediately following your student encounter, faculty and staff should complete the online CARE Report to allow for additional follow-up by the Dean of Students Office and/or Residence Life.

Accommodations

There may be cases where a student contacts you requesting classroom accommodations for mental health related difficulties. Faculty and staff are asked to contact Michelle Laughlin, Student Disabilities Coordinator at 515-271-1835, or Leah Berte, Case Management & Support Services Coordinator at 515-271-2917, before agreeing to academic accommodations for the student.   Staff will be able to assist the student and faculty member(s) regarding the process pertaining to academic accommodations.     

Help for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff who are struggling with mental health may be interested in contacting Employee and Family Resources (EFR) at 1-800-327-4692, which is a service that Drake contracts with in order to help faculty and staff in a variety of situations. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to notify their supervisors of any difficulties in order to facilitate University support. Finally, faculty and staff are encouraged to access community resources such as The Observation Center.

 

Faculty & Staff Resources

In an emergency, immediately call Drake Public Safetyat 515-271-2222 or 911.

A situation rises to the level of an emergency in all cases where any of the following occur:

  • A person threatens their own life
  • A person makes an attempt, or is known to be planning to make an attempt, on their own life
  • A person makes a threat against another person
  • A person seems very upset and does not calm down after a period of time, in conjunction with comments that indicate that the student finds life to be hopeless, pointless, etc.

 

All threats of suicide should be taken very seriously.

Tips & Requirements for Faculty and Staff Assisting Students with Mental Health Needs

Faculty and staff may be faced with situations where they encounter students struggling with mental health. Students may disclose mental health difficulties to faculty and staff, or faculty and staff may notice warning signs in students.

If you suspect a student of having mental health difficulties, consider if they meet any/several of the following warning signs:

  • Withdrawal from social interaction
  • Not functioning at previous levels (e.g. receiving poor grads, quitting sports)
  • Has problems concentrating, remembering things, or thinking or speaking
  • Increasingly sensitive to sights, sounds, smells, or touch
  • Apathetic toward activities
  • Feels disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings
  • Thinks illogically, or like a child
  • Nervous, fearful, or suspicious
  • Acts unusually
  • Experiences sleep or appetite changes
  • Rapidly changes moods 

If a student has disclosed mental health difficulties to you, do not leave them alone. If they try to leave, attempt to persuade them to stay with you and seek help. If they insist on leaving, call and report the situation to call Drake Public Safetyat 515-271-2222 if you believe the student is a threat to themselves or others.

If it is not an emergency situation and it is during normal business hours, call the University Counseling Center at (515) 271-3864. You may choose to walk the student to the Counseling Center, located in Building #42 on the Campus Map. Be sure to explain to the Counseling Center that you are a faculty and/or staff member calling on behalf of a student. Also be sure to mention that this is an urgent situation.

Immediately following your student encounter, faculty and staff should complete the online CARE Report to allow for additional follow-up by the Dean of Students Office and/or Residence Life.

Accommodations

There may be cases where a student contacts you requesting classroom accommodations for mental health related difficulties. Faculty and staff are asked to contact Michelle Laughlin, Student Disabilities Coordinator at 515-271-1835, or Leah Berte, Case Management & Support Services Coordinator at 515-271-2917, before agreeing to academic accommodations for the student.   Staff will be able to assist the student and faculty member(s) regarding the process pertaining to academic accommodations.     

Help for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff who are struggling with mental health may be interested in contacting Employee and Family Resources (EFR) at 1-800-327-4692, which is a service that Drake contracts with in order to help faculty and staff in a variety of situations. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to notify their supervisors of any difficulties in order to facilitate University support. Finally, faculty and staff are encouraged to access community resources such as The Observation Center.

 

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November 21, 2017
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