Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress: Information and Training Resources


Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress: A Guide for Faculty and Staff and Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress: How Best to Proceed are designed to help determine which university office to contact in different types of crisis/distress situations.  The resources also outline some useful tips on how to intervene.

For more detailed information about responding to students in distress see the following PCS webpages:

1) On the PCS website,  Students in Distress: How to Identify, Intervene, and Refer to Personal Counselling Services goes into more detail on recognizing the signs of distress and the ways one might intervene.

2) Also on our website,  'In Case of Crisis', provides an overview of the services provided by PCS to students in crisis.  It also provides information on other crisis services in the area including after hours resources.

Training/education resources for faculty and staff

There are a number of in-person and online training resources available to members of the York community.  These resources are designed to do one or more of the following:

  • provide information about mental health
  • teach skills for identifying, responding and referring students with mental health concerns
  • help individuals learn to identify and respond to people who are having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with appropriate resources.

To access specific information on these training resources and opportunities please see the Mental Health & Wellness website.