It is very normal for students to encounter some difficult situations throughout the college experience. Sometimes it may involve academic struggles, social pressures, personal issues and physical or mental health concerns. Students who experience increased levels of stress or anxiety may exhibit signs of distress or find themselves in crisis. Feeling continuously overwhelmed will affect academic success and overall well-being.
Once a student is identified, Care and Outreach will provide advocacy and offer guidance to help students navigate challenges and assist in identifying and connecting them to the appropriate resources and support services that are available both on and off campus.
A Care Report should be made if you are concerned about a student's well-being or notice unusual changes in a student’s behavior. Students may also self-refer or contact Care and Outreach Services directly. In conjunction with the Care and Support Team, Care and Outreach Services will review and assess incoming Care Reports and conduct appropriate outreach and follow-up as required.
Care and Outreach Services is a non-clinical support service, not to be mistaken with therapy or counseling. Students who exhibit the need to be connected with a mental health professional will be referred to the Counseling Center or to local off-campus services. When working with Care and Outreach Services, confidentiality is handled differently than with students receiving medical or mental health treatment. Information may be discretely shared with other campus professionals. Students may be asked to complete a Limited Release of Information Form (PDF).
The mission of Care and Outreach Services is to provide advocacy, comprehensive support and access to resources that will help empower students and strengthen their overall personal well-being and academic success.