Student Support

When to Refer

 


If you are left feeling concerned, worried, and/or alarmed, trust your instincts.

SEE something

In an emergency, call campus police at 310-434-4300 or dial 911 from a campus phone.

If the student:

  • Appears to be struggling academically and/or is not attending classes regularly
  • Reports feeling overwhelmed and/or uncomfortable transitioning to campus
  • Experiences feelings of isolation, loneliness, or disconnection from peers
  • Writes about threats to harm self or others
  • Appears to be going through family problems, relationship problems and/or a break-up
  • Experiences the loss of a loved one
  • Constantly asks for help with personal problems that are beyond the scope of your role and/or expertise level
  • Is consistently anxious, stressed, and/or depressed
  • May benefit from a personalized outreach regarding resources available on campus
  • Housing and food insecurity
  • Disclosed history of mental health or previous hospitalization

If you observe:

  • Changes in appearance, behavior or weight
  • Inappropriate behavior or emotional outbursts
  • Inappropriate/disturbing comments in conversation, written assignments, emails, online discussion posts or social media
  • The possession of weapons
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Fixated thoughts or bullying

Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list. The Care and Prevention Team is always readily available to discuss scenarios concerning a student’s health, well-being, and safety.

SAY something

Support the student in distress

  • Initiate contact
  • Listen sensitively and carefully
  • Offer assistance
  • Let the student know you are concerned
  • Talk about available campus resources
  • Consult with a member of the Care and Prevention Team

DO something

Encourage the student to seek help and refer to the CPT

  • If an emergency, call campus police at 310-434-4300 or dial 911 from a campus phone
  • Make a referral to the Care and Prevention Team (smc.edu/care)
  • Consult with a member of the Care and Prevention Team
  • Provide the student resources
  • Follow up with the student
  • REMEMBER: we can’t help if we don’t know!