SCHOOL STAFF TO USE WHEN APPROACHED BY STUDENTS ASKING FOR HELP
What To Do When Approached by Students Asking for Help
Once a student has disclosed the need for help (whether directly, orindirectly through someone else or even in a writing assignment)- DO NOT LEAVE THE STUDENT ALONE
Listen to what the student has to say, observe his or her demeanor and avoid making the student feel guilty.
Offer words of encouragement but DO NOT PROMISE CONFIDENT ALITY
. * Acting to prevent a potential suicide always
overrides the need to honor confidentiality between that individual and the student.
Advise the student that you are going with him/her to the GUIDANCEOFFICE. Following people will be available: Ms Lane, School SocialWorker, Mr. Griffith Ms. McPhee, Ms. Perry. Ms Corazzini the nurse willalso be available in her office. He/She knows what needs to be done tomake sure that you will get the professional help you need to deal withthese feelings safely. * *
The appropriate persons will immediately contact the student's parent(s) or guardian
and work with them to make whatever treatment referral is necessary.
Oddone, Angela, M. "Saving Kids from Suicide: Contributing to Students' Mental Health and Resiliency." NEA Today, April, 2000
**STAR Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, "Intervening with the Adolescent and Deliberate Self-Harm," 199
SIGNS (SYMPTONS) OF DEPRESSION
- Depressed mood (can be sad, down, grouchy or irritable)
- Changes in sleeping patterns (too much, too little or disturbed)
- Change in weight or appetite (decreased or increased)
- Speaking and/or moving with unusual speed or slowness.
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach or quilt
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate, slowed thinking or indecisiveness
- Thoughts of death, suicide, or wishes to be dead
OTHER INDICATIONS OF DEPRESSION
- Extreme anxiety, agitation or enraged behavior
- Excessive drug and/or alcohol use or abuse
- Neglect of physical health
- Feelings of hopelessness or desperation
(Adapted from: Worried about a Friend or Loved One?" Screening for Mental Health, Inc.)